Dean Arnold Dwiggins

Born: Tue., Jun. 12, 1945
Died: Sun., Jul. 4, 2021


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Dean Arnold Dwiggins, 75, Winchester, Indiana, born July 12, 1945, died at home Sunday morning July 4, 2021. A native of Randolph County, he lived nearly his entire life within the county. He grew up at the Randolph County Home where his parents were employed as superintendent and matron from 1952 until 1984. Farming and being raised there with his five siblings left him with a love of the property and many fond memories, even the time he accidentally broke his sister's nose while playing baseball.

   Dean graduated from Lee L. Driver High School in 1963. He excelled in music, both instrumentally and vocally. He was competitive with the clarinet, winning many contest awards, and he was skilled with saxophone, oboe, and even the Baroque recorder. As a teenager he performed in a quartet with three of his siblings singing acapella, entertaining service organizations and competing in various contests. He performed in high school musicals, and after high school played clarinet in the orchestra for many high school musicals at Winchester Community High School.

    Dean attended Ball State University, with an interest in music. He became an employee of Overmyer Mold Corporation after high school and at other times during his working career. When drafted into the army, he served at Fort Knox in the Army band. At one time he owned a tire dealership in Union City, IN. He returned to OMCO, where he eventually retired with 43 years of service, finishing as a manager and computer engineer.

    Dean was a member of the Farmland American Legion and twice lived in that part of the county; the Winchester Moose, where he even worked at times as treasurer; and the Union City Barbershop Chorus, where he was able to join his father who had instilled the love of music in Dean.

    Dean was the family historian, having a fabulous memory of dates and events. He was always able to recall specific dates and family genealogical relationships and family highs and lows so precisely. When family members could not recall some family detail, the comment usually was, "Ask Dean; he will know." Dean's love of family was most obvious by the years of daily contact he made with his mother when she was living her final years alone, and the great loss he felt at the passing of his closest sibling, Dianne.

   Dean is survived by his daughter Candace Brammer (husband Brad) of Muncie; brothers Douglas Dwiggins of Bethune, SC; Dennis Dwiggins of Portland, IN; and Daniel Dwiggins of Winchester, IN; as well as three grandchildren--Chase, Austin, and Macy; and several nieces and nephews.

   Dean was preceded in death by parents Donald and Phyllis Ann (Thornburg) Dwiggins and sisters Dianne Jones (husband Max) of Lafayette, IN, and Daralee Girton (husband Mike) of Saratoga.

    A private service will be held for the family.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Muncie Mission, as Dean made regular donations to both.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerswinchester.com.

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