Alvia Dean Cash passed away peacefully on Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was 89. Born in Neosho, Missouri on February 9, 1931, to Otis and Minnie Bourland Cash, and also raised by his step-mom, Mildred Cash, Dean is preceded by one brother, Fletcher Cash. Dean is survived by two half-brothers, David Cash and Joe Cash and one step-sister Bettie Watson. Dean was close to his two sisters-in-law Susan Sverha (and husband John of Rockville, MD) and Jeanne Cox (and husband Phil of Yukon, OK), and brother-in-law Bill Dewey (and wife Susan of Midwest City, OK). Dean grew up in Muskogee, OK and graduated from Muskogee High School in 1949. Dean served our country with the 45th Infantry Division during the conflict in Korea, and was proud to be a combat veteran. On May 21, 1955, Dean married Patricia (Pat) Ann Dewey and together they had two children: James Dean Cash (preceded by partner Sheila) and Brett William Cash (and husband James), both of MWC. Dean and Pat celebrated their 58th anniversary before she preceded him in death in late 2013. Dean will be remembered as beloved uncle by his niece and nephews Lisa Dewey (and husband Steve), Dr. John Sverha, Michael Dewey (and wife Tina), Jeffrey Cox (and wife Christina), Jason Cox (and wife Kendy); and nine grand nieces and nephews. Dean worked as an electrician with Western Electric and AT&T before joining the civil service at Tinker Air Force Base where he retired in MWC. Dean was a faithful and active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, MWC, and enjoyed volunteering at church and at the MWC Welcome Center. Dean built a spacious house on an acreage and with Pat made it a home for countless gatherings with family and friends over the years. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Dean. He loved a good cup of coffee, a warm and loving meal, trains, traveling across the country, telling stories, and visiting and laughing with family and friends. Dean could fix anything, and was always there for his family and friends when they needed a lift or help. Folks often said that he and Pat would “give the shirts off their backs” for their neighbors. Pat often said that Dean never met a stranger, and it was true. The twinkle in Dean’s eyes and his generous spirit, extraordinary strength, and love will be missed.
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