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Dean Schirm was born May 24, 1928 in Guthrie County, Iowa. He passed away at Stuart Community Care Center in Stuart, Iowa May 28, 2009 at 81 years of age.

Dean spent much of his youth in Stuart. He attended Stuart High School. Dean worked on the farm through high school, helping his dad farm. He worked at Schirm Produce and Hatchery for 22 years, Dexter Lumber Yard for 5 years, and retired from Jirak Plumbing and Heating in Stuart.

On October 23, 1947 Dean was united in marriage to Caryl Raffensperger. They were blessed with two sons: Gary and Dennis. Dean's greatest joy was his four grandsons: Jeff, Jeremy, Jason, and Jamie spending many happy hours with them. He also enjoyed going to the Dexter Caf where he met many friends for coffee.

Dean leaves the following family to celebrate his life: brother Bill Schirm and Mac of Stuart; sister-in-law Helen Nevins of Stuart; son Gary and wife Jan and their sons: Jeff, Jeremy all of Waukee; son Dennis and wife Deb and their sons: Jason and his friend Monica Hastie, and Jamie all of Dexter.
Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Caryl, his sister, Jean Forcht, and his parents, Carl and Thelma (Wahlert) Schirm.

Dean will be missed by his family, his many friends at the coffee shop, and the people whom he talked to on his morning walks.

Donald Dean Schirm
Born May 24, 1928
Died May 28, 2009

In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory of

Donald Dean Schirm

Age 81

Born May 24, 1928
Guthrie County, Iowa

Died May 28, 2009
Stuart, Iowa

2:00 pm Sunday May 31, 2009
Kuhn Funeral Home
Dexter, Iowa

Hospice Chaplain Dennis James

"On Eagles Wings"
"If I Had It To Do All Over Again" by Roy Clark

Jeff Schirm Jeremy Schirm
Jason Schirm Jamie Schirm

Dexter Cemetery, Dexter, Iowa

Dexter Earlham Redfield


One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it. "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why in times when I needed you most you would leave me." The LORD replied, "My precious, precious child, I love you and would never, never leave you during your trials and sufferings. When you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."