LaDean Bennett Dick

  • Died: May 30, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Pine Valley

1320 East Dupont Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

LaDean Bennett Dick, 94, long-time resident of Fort Wayne departed this life on Thursday, May 30, 2019. He was the second of three children born to Ralph and Clelia Bennett Dick of Angola. He graduated as valedictorian from Flint High School. Two years later, he landed his airplane in John Brand's pasture south of Hudson, and asked Mary Alice Brand for a date. They were united in marriage in 1947, and remained so for 72 years. After graduating from Manchester College, LaDean taught high school science for one year, before working at GE's R&D Lab as a Process Chemist until his retirement in 1985. LaDean loved flying. He received his private pilot license at the age of 19, and in 1954 became a charter member of the Fort Wayne Back Forty Flying Club. He helped form the High Flying Club and was a Flight Instructor at Smith Field for 17 years. In his 60 years of flying, he logged over a 1,000 hours of flight time. After retirement, LaDean delivered cars for 17 years. LaDean was an active member of the Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren. Surviving are his wife, Mary Alice; three daughters, Dr. Anne J. (Norman) Stump of Indpls; Dr. Mary Jo (Doug) Smock of Bowling Green, IN; Cathy (Richard) Egler of Atlanta, IN; twin sons, Randall of Panacea, FL and Ronald (Sheila) Dick of Ft. Wayne; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Opal Mae Collins of Tampa, FL. He was preceded in death by his brother, Maurice E. Dick. Funeral service 10:30 am Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Pleasant Chapel Church, 1993 County Road 8 Ashley, In with calling one hour prior to the service. Calling from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday, June 3, 2019 at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook please visit,


Condolence & Memory Journal

LaDean went to my school at Flint, and he also rode on the school bus which my dad drove. I was so sorry to learn of his passing. I didn't know he was ill. Of course, I know Mary Alice even better because she was my English and music teacher. We got together a few times when I would go back to visit my farm home. One of those times she invited me to her home for lunch. It was indeed a sumptuous spread. It was then I learned that she had once dated my first cousin. Back in the 1950s my family and I visited them in Fort Wayne, and LaDean took my husband, Ralph, and me up in his airplane and we flew all over Fort Wayne. I do not have Mary Alice's address anymore but would like to so that I could write to her.

Posted by June Rader - Berkeley, CA - Friend   September 11, 2019


We miss you know, but I am at peace because I know you finally at peace. I think of you when I mow the lawn or see a bird flitting by. You were a great man, and I am so lucky to have had you as my father as long as I did!

Posted by Cathy Egler - Atlanta, IN   June 10, 2019

Dear Mary Alice and family,

I liked reading about LaDean's landing for a date. May your famliy find comfort, peace and joy in memories like those. Thinking of you and sending love.

Kendra (Sousley) Mellinger - from Beacon Heights COB

Posted by Kendra (Sousley) Mellinger - Thousand Oaks, CA - Family Friend   June 05, 2019

I am so sorry for your family's Loss. I am sure you might not remember me but I lived on Broadmoor Ave, when you were there. Then you moved into th large house in Franke Park. My name is Caryn Yost My Mom and Dad's name was Dortha Yost and Harold Yost My brothers name is Richard. Again you have my sympathy.

Posted by Caryn Yost - fORT Wayne, IN   June 03, 2019

Sorry for your loss. Unable to attend services or funeral. Esther Hamer, Harriet, Krista, and family.

Posted by Harriet Hamer - S Bend, IN - Friend   June 02, 2019

My Father Lee Duguid was a first cousin of LaDean' and he thought the world of him. LaDean took dad flying many times. They enjoyed being together . Now they are together again.
Judy Duguid Gillette

Posted by Judy Duguid Gillette - Fort Wayne, IN - Family   June 02, 2019

Sorry for your loss. He touched many lives and will be missed by mant people. We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Phil Nahrwold - Friend   June 02, 2019

LaDean and Mary Alice lived in our Franke Park Neighborhood. Both of them were wonderful neighbors and friends. LaDean always took good care of his huge lawn. The passerbys enjoyed a witch on a broomstick on the tree with a sign saying "Don't Drink and Fly"! Our sympathy to Mary Alice and the family.

Posted by Kathy Senesac - Fort Wayne, IN   June 01, 2019

While I did not know Mr Dick, I feel connected in that Mrs Dick was my high school choir instructor at Laketon. She felt I could sing! She was inspirational and helped me to enjoy and appreciate music, especially choral.

My thoughts of appreciation and sympathy for this family...

Posted by Ken Workman - Auburn, IN   June 01, 2019

May the Lord continue to comfort the family and know that be LaDean had a fruitful and successful life of which we are all proud of him. Praying for all of you at the time of grief and celebration of life we'll spend! Peace of Christ be with you all. Amen.

Posted by Rebecca Dali - Greenville, NC - Significant Other   June 01, 2019

Fond memories of LaDean from church Sunday School and the bowling league.
Praying for God to comfort you at this time of loss.

Doug Wages a member at Beacon Heights church

Posted by Doug Wages - Fort Wayne, IN - Acquaintance   June 01, 2019

Sorry to hear of LaDean's passing, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to his family. Jeremiah 29:11, 12 assures us God is thinking thoughts of peace towards us, to give us a future and a hope, and that if we come and pray to Him, He will listen to us. In the days to come may you find comfort in that hope.

Posted by A friend   June 01, 2019

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