Dean A. Blackert, 66, of Tampico, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at Rock River Hospice and Home, in Sterling. A funeral service was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Zion United Methodist Church, in Hooppole, with the Rev. Dan Wright officiating. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home, in Prophetstown. Interment was at Hooppole Cemetery, in Hooppole. Memorials may be left to Zion United Methodist Church.

Dean A. Blackert, 66, of Tampico, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at Rock River Hospice and Home, in Sterling. A funeral service was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Zion United Methodist Church, in Hooppole, with the Rev. Dan Wright officiating. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home, in Prophetstown. Interment was at Hooppole Cemetery, in Hooppole. Memorials may be left to Zion United Methodist Church.

Dean was born Nov. 6, 1952, in Mesa, Ariz, to Dale F. and Betty Jane (Vetter) Blackert. He was a 1971 graduate of Manlius High School and graduated from Sauk Valley Community College in 1973 with a degree in Automotive Technology. Dean married Debra K. Raabe on Sept. 16, 1972, in Manlius. Dean was a lifelong farmer and also worked at Vande Voorde Sales, Inc. in Annawan, for many years. Dean served on the Bureau County Farm Bureau board and was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Hooppole. Dean loved spending time with family and giving rides on his golf cart with his grandkids.

Survivors include his wife, Debra, of Tampico; one daughter, Andrea (Scott) Etheridge, of Princeton; two sons, Aaron (Nikki) Blackert, of Harmon; and Andrew (Olivia) Blackert, of Walnut; six grandchildren, Carson, Casey and Collyns Etheridge; and Matthew, Jonathan and Samantha Blackert; two sisters, Bonnie (Tom) Peaton, of Gilbert, Ariz.; and Darla (Sean) Helton of Anchorage, Alaska; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Barry Blackert.