- Dean, a retired businessman from Wilsonville, passed away Monday,
May 13th, 2019
at the age of 85.
was active in a number of businesses during his career and
continued to serve in retirement as the Chairman of the
Supervisory Committee of the Rite Choice Credit Union.
was born at home in Genoa, NE on January
11th, 1934. He grew up
in Lacy, WA and during high school moved to Oregon. He spent
much of his time working on cars and building “Hot Rods.”
Upon entering the Army in 1953, he served 29 months in the U.S.
Army of Occupation in Aschaffenburg, Germany. He married Sonja
Kammer there in Germany in 1955; she passed away in 1999.
entered the sawmill business with his father Walter upon
returning to the U.S. in 1956. In 1962 he started his own
trucking business: D.H. Trucking Company, of Lyons. The company
was later sold to Willard Branch, a long-time friend and
employee of Dean.
became a licensed pilot in 1957 and flew for business and
pleasure, owning several aircraft in the process. His last
aircraft was a 180 mph all metal aircraft built by his father
Walter in 1973 which Dean continued to fly until 2005.
1969, Dean designed a new and fuel-efficient heavy diesel truck
design and completed the first prototype unit in 1971. This
original vehicle was successful in improving fuel mileage of
heavy trucks by 40%. This vehicle now resides in the Pacific
Northwest Truck Museum in Brooks. In subsequent years Dean was
responsible for building a total of 14 fuel efficient prototype
heavy trucks. During the course of the truck project a total of
7 U.S. Patents were issued in his name relating to heavy diesel
2001, Dean married Mary Sinclair of Wilsonville, who survives
him. He is also survived by his son, Robin Hobbensiefken,
stepsons, David and Marc stepdaughters, Kelli and Kristin; and 8
grandchildren –Willow, River, Duncan, Elizabeth, Sebastian,
Ashlyn, Harrison, and Everett.
also served as the President and Chairman of the Board of the
People’s Telephone company in Lyons for many years until
retiring from those posts in 1992. He also served on the board
of the Rite Choice Credit Union and in the year 2005 had a book
published titled Not of this World.
memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 1st, from
noon to 3pm at Community of Hope Lutheran Church in
lieu of flowers, please donate to the Portland Rescue Mission. Serving
the family, North Santiam Funeral