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Jerry R. Dean
November 16, 2023
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Jerry Russell Dean born Jan 16, 1947 must have entered this world LOVING wheels! He apparently built his 1st moped when he was nine! His passion for wheels led him to a career in the auto industry, working for GM as a tool & die maker. He loved racing cars & motorcycles @ the track & on the street. The cops on the beat finally just dropped the speeding tickets off at his house, since they could never catch up with his lightning speed!
He raced motorcycles for the AMA for 15 yrs all across the USA. After retiring from GM & racing, he began dedicating his time to restoring motorcycles. His abilities to create beautiful masterpieces won him numerous trophies over the decades. One of his Ducati Italian beauties was on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum during the Art of Beautiful Machines exhibit.
Jerry’s talents were absolute genius! He could restore a pile of junk to an award winning original motorcycle.
He was well known in the world of wheels & would field calls from all over the globe answering questions about anything & everything wheels.
A friend to most, a mentor to many, he will be deeply missed!
Wherever Jerry is, all who know him, are certain he will keep the wheels turning!
Jerry is survived by his longtime fiancé Maria V. D'Aquila; his sister Carol (Lester) Hacker; and his nieces Heather and Shannon Hacker. Visitation will be held at Tredway Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from 12 pm until time of funeral service at 1 pm. Interment to follow at Harwood Cemetery, Fayetteville, OH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite animal shelter in memory of Jerry.