Earl Dean was born on September 7, 1928 in Oklahoma. He was the son of Jacob Nelson and Leah Mary (Jester) Bierig. In the 1930 Federal Census, Earl and his family were living in Deep Creek, Oklahoma. Earl’s father, Jacob Nelson, was born in Russia. He was a farmer. Jacob and Leah have four sons; Walter (1911), Glen (1924), Robert, (1925) and Earl Dean(1928). By the time of the 1940 Federal Census, Jacob Bierig and his family were living in Seas, Blaine County, Oklahoma. There are four sons listed in the census record at home, Walter is of age and no longer living with them. They have Glen Leroy, Bobbie Lee, Earl Dean, and Ray Loren. Ray Loren was born in 1946.
Earl registered for the draft on September 9, 1946 when he turned eighteen years of age. Earl enlisted in the Army on January 7, 1947 in Okeene Oklahoma. and served until his discharge on April 22, 1948. Earl married Eddie B Prouty on June 12, 1949 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.
Earl and Eddie had six children; Deann (1950), Donna Kay (1952), Debra Rae (1954), Dorothy Jean (1956), Dale (1957), Dixie Len (1961). They raised their family in Okeene, Oklahoma.
Earl was a mail carrier for twenty five years. He was a very activity member of his local community. He was a life long member of the Okeene United Methodist Church. He was the commander of the VFW Post and a member of the Jaycees. He was very active in local athletic organizations. He was a Little League coach, St Mary’s Basketball coach when they won the State Championship in 1960 and Golf Club President. He also served on the city council for thirteen years and was Mayor of Okeene for a two year term.
Earl died eleven years ago on December 3, 2008 . He is buried at the Roselawn Cemetery in Okeene, Oklahoma.
Rest in peace, Earl!
Earl is the husband of my fourth cousin Eddie Prouty Bierig.