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    Battle Creek, MI 49015

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“Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. LM ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear of this great temporary loss for your family. You'll all be joined together one day! Have thought of all of you throughout the...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Teresa (Clay) LaHaie - Holland, MI

3 of 19 | Posted by: geo batluck - lanham, MD

“So sorry to hear of Dean's passing. He was a dear dear man. ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: geo batluck - CityCityCity, MD

5 of 19 | Posted by: geobatluck - lanham, MD

“Tootie, and all the family,So sorry to here of your loss. Dean was such a great guy. He always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.God...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Mike Rhoades - Battle Creek, MI

“We are so blessed to have Dean and Tootie as family in Christ Jesus. The world is a little dimmer now that we have lost such a shinning light for...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Bob and Kathy Whitman - MI

“Will always think of your great singing for our Lord.and traveling with the group.working for ma Bell. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Don cheney Cheney - Hastings

“Oh, Dean....I sure am going to miss our conversations in the yard about the Lord, our families, projects around our homes and, yes, chickens. The...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: ANDY ROWLES - EAST LEROY, MI

“Penny and Tootie,sorry for your lost, your dad and husband was a Godly man who will be missed,may God comfort you at this time. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Garland The Lynn's - Ceresco, MI

“My condolences go out to your loved ones. Hoping the words at Psalms 94:19 may bring you some comfort during this very difficult time. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Knew both Dean & Jud from Michigan Bell, they were fine Christian men. My deepest sympathies to Dean's Family.God Bless them. Jim Smith ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: James Smith - Vail, AZ

“Our Heavenly Father is our Rockand our Stronghold at difficult times like this ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Tootie, Donna,Loren and all the family,Our deepest sympathy to all of you, Dean was such a great guy and will be greatly missed. Keep all your...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Dick Hastings - Battle Creek, MI

“Met Dean and (Jud) Judson a long time ago when I was teenager. They both were great men. They invited us into their homes. Skip a head 40 some years...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Steve Burdette - Wilmington, NC

“I'm so sorry to hear about Dean passing away. His smiling face will be missed at church. God bless his wife and family. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Janice Masters - Battle Creek, MI

“Tootie and family, we sure loved brother Dean. What a beautiful Godly example he has been to all of us through all the years. Our hearts and prayers...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Jill Long - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry to hear of Deans passing ,, ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Joan Schwencer - Dowling, MI

“In the few times I was honored to be with Dean and Tudy, I was blessed to be encouraged by his example of faith in God, no matter what. May you be...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Kimball Laura - McDonough, GA

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William Dean Latta, 83, of East Leroy passed into the arms of His Savior on Wednesday, March 28th, 2019 at home. Dean was born, a twin, on August 26th, 1935, in Battle Creek, MI the son of Floyd R. and Gladys (Moore) Latta. He graduated from Spring Arbor High School in 1954. On October 6th, 1956, Dean married Rosemarie 'Tootie' Grant. They were married for 62 years. Dean worked for Michigan Bell Telephone (AT&T) for 36 years, retiring in 1991. He then went on to work at Kellogg's for 10 years as a member of the taste panel and in the Chemistry department. He was a member of the National Guard, was President of the Pioneer Club for two different terms and served on several boards, including Youth for Christ, Free Methodist Church, Dexter Lake Church of God and Bibles for Missions. One of the great joys of his life was traveling and singing bass with the Harbor Lights Quartet for 10 years in the 1960's.

Dean enjoyed spending time with family going camping, attending his grandchildren's ball games and watching Nascar racing. He loved volunteering at Bibles for Missions, attending his Friday morning men's group, weekly Bible Study group and working around the house. He rarely found time to sit still and picked up every pop can he found on the side of the road to claim the 10 cents. He cleaned his car every Saturday, rain or shine, to make sure he had a clean car for church on Sunday. Although he was a great father, grandfather, brother and friend, he will be remembered most as one who loved the Lord and was faithful to the end.

Dean is survived by his wife, Rosemarie (Grant) Latta of East Leroy; three children, Gregory (Sue) Latta, of Tucson, AZ, Penny Engle, of East Leroy and Tim Latta of Battle Creek; sister Janet Burch of Battle Creek and twin sister Donna (Loren) Johnson of Plano, TX; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Gladys (Moore) Latta, father Floyd Ray Latta, brother Judson Latta, and son-in-law Terry Engle.

At the request of the family, friends and family may call at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1st where they will be received from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held at Dexter Lake Church of God on Tuesday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Blaine Faircloth officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial Contributions may be made in Dean's memory to Bibles for Missions Thrift Center in Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at