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A. Dean Mannetter

Published: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 11:21 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 12:10 p.m. CST

A. Dean Mannetter, 85, of Newton died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 17, at Salem United Methodist Church in Hubbard. Dean will be buried at Hubbard Cemetery in Hubbard. Visitation was Wednesday at Boeke Funeral Home in Hubbard. For more information and online condolences, visit

Arthur Dean Mannetter was born May 30, 1928, to Arthur Conrad and Dorothy (Slutter) Mannetter at the Eldora Hospital in Eldora. Dean had two sisters, Mavis and Ina Mae. Their parents reared their family on farms in the Hubbard area.  

He was baptized Jan. 1, 1929, at the Salem Evangelical Church in Hubbard.  

Dean attended several rural schools before entering the Hubbard Public School. He graduated from high school in May of 1946 as Salutatorian of his class. He attended Westmar College in LeMars for one year before transferring to and graduating from Iowa State College in Ames in June of 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in general engineering.

Dean entered the U.S. Army in September of 1950 and was discharged in September of 1953, after serving as a radar repair specialist.

In October of 1953, Dean began working for Western Electric Co. in North Carolina.  He served several U.S. locations as well as Hawaii and Okinawa. He was one of the last field engineers to work at McGregor Range, N.M., on the Nike Hercules system. He worked in New Jersey before he was transferred to Birmingham, Ala. He retired in February 1986 and moved to Ames, Iowa, in August 1986. He moved to the Park Centre Retirement Community in June 1992. Dean was active at Park Centre and First United Methodist Church of Newton the remainder of his life. 

Dean passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Skiff Medical Center in Newton.  

He is survived by his sister, Mavis Cook of Cedar Falls.  

Dean was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ina Mae Smith. 

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