Dean Isaacson, age 93, a WWII veteran and Central Iowa native, died Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Dallas Texas.
Dean was born on November 25, 1924 in Fraser, Iowa, the son of David R. and Delia (Groves) Isaacson.
He is a decorated WWII combat veteran, serving in the US Army 2nd Infantry Division, 9th Regiment, during the Normandy, Northern France and Germany campaigns. His unit landed on the Normandy beaches shortly after D-Day and he fought in France, Belgium and Germany until the war ended. He was awarded 3 Bronze Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, American Theatre Ribbon and EAME Campaign Badge. After the German surrender, he re-enlisted in the Army and served in the Army of Occupation, finally returning to the US in 1947.
Dean was an avid reader and relished outdoor activities at every opportunity, including camping, gardening, fishing and hiking. One of his most cherished childhood memories was hunting in the woods near Madrid with his beloved dog Hoppy.
Dean is survived by his daughter, Deanna Lou (Lantz) McKeehan of Des Moines; sons Paul Isaacson of Joshua TX, John Isaacson (Anita) of Dallas TX and Daniel Isaacson (Denise) of Joshua TX; brother Max (Liz) Isaacson of West Des Moines; two grandchildren: Brian Isaacson and Michael Isaacson; and great granddaughter Gracie Isaacson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Henry Isaacson, Dale Isaacson, Wayne Isaacson and Gail Isaacson; and two sisters, Geraldine Naeve and Alice Mallow.
A graveside service and interment will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Des Moines on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation at vfw.org.