Dean D. Koffler

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Dean Daniel Koffler, 87, left this world on May 31. He was born June 12, 1930 to Ray and Rose Koffler. Dean joined older brothers Leo and Lyle on the dry southwest corner of North Dakota, near Bowman. Following the untimely death of his father, when Dean was only 8 years old, extended family members were a large part of his life.

He attended the Mound School in his early years, often riding a horse or buggy with his brothers. He moved to Bowman where he graduated high school, playing sports and loving his studies. From there, it was on to Black Hills State then Marquette University in Milwaukee to earn a DDS. That complete, Dean entered the Air Force for two years.

While in Milwaukee, Dean met Rose Masarik. They were married in September of 1953 and he left for assignment soon after to serve as a dental surgeon at Orly Field Base near Paris, France. Rose joined him later. Short periods of free time made opportunities to visit nearby countries.

Returning stateside in September of 1955, the young couple established themselves in Lewistown where Dean set up a dental practice and became an active and participating member of the community. He loved Central Montana for its diverse and generous beauty and the people. He fished, hunted, camped and explored whenever he could, often with his young family in tow. Dean learned to fly. In his Piper Cub he enjoyed the area and beyond from a different vantage point. A large part of his life was spending time at the South Fork cabin in the Belt Mountains.

Upon retirement from 35 years of local dentistry, Dean embarked on global adventures of service. As a dentist with Rotary International, he would spend time in Third World areas working weeks at a time. The countries included: Guatemala, Jamaica, India, Thailand, Kenya, Hong Kong, Mexico, Brazil and Peru. He was a 50-year member of Rotary.

Dean liked nothing better than sharing his stories and pictures of the people he met and served around the world; unless it was walking the draws, fishing the rivers and lakes, hiking or riding a horse in the mountains watching a sunset in Central Montana.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents and brothers. His memory lives on with his friends; his beloved and faithful wife of 64 years, Rose; their children: Jennifer of Albaret le Comtal, France, Deborah of Oregon and Dan (Tiina) of Havre; grandchildren, Abigail, Dean (Jesse), Emily (Scott) and Ariana; and three great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Joshua and George complete the family.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Dean at the United Methodist Church, Saturday, July 28 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a gift to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Dean’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at http://www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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