MOUND VALLEY — Dean William Fouts, 63, of rural Mound Valley passed from this earth to live for eternity with his heavenly father at noon Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, surrounded by his family at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Dean was born on Jan. 17, 1957, in Parsons to Gerald and Lola Mae (Hope) Fouts, the youngest of four children. He grew up on the family farm and in 1975 graduated from Labette County High School, where he excelled in FFA. In 1973, Dean began working at Johnson’s Seed Co., where he later became manager. He held that position for 30 years, while also running the family farm alongside his father.
On May 27, 1978, Dean and Deborah “Debbie” Belknap were united in marriage in Chetopa. They raised their family in rural Mound Valley. Dean and Debbie owned and operated Altamont Grocery from 2010 to 2015. He drove a suburban for Labette County USD 506 and later began working at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, where he was the senior equipment operator.
Dean was a longtime member of Mound Valley United Methodist Church. He was a current member of Masonic Lodge No. 69 in Altamont. He was the past president of the Kansas Crop Improvement Association and served for many years on the board of directors.
His greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed farming.
Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Debbie Fouts of the home; two daughters, Heather Duke and her husband, Chris, of Lyndon and Erica Deweese of Independence; a son, Matthew Fouts of Oswego; eight grandchildren, Trinity, Hunter, Belinda, Braylynn, Brindley, Hope, Jonathon and Brenley; his mother, Lola Mae Fouts of Mound Valley; a sister, Joy Trotnic and her husband, Ronnie, of Wichita; a brother-in-law, John McKinney and his wife, Lynn, of Anaheim, California; a sister-in-law, Kay Fouts of Duluth, Georgia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Fouts; a sister, Brenda McKinney; and a brother, Gerald Richard Fouts.
There will be a private family funeral service. The graveside service will be held at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday at Mound Valley Cemetery. Masonic rites will be given by Altamont Masonic Lodge No. 69. The graveside service will be open to the public. Friends may call to sign the register from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.
Memorials are suggested to Mound Valley United Methodist Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.