BECKER — Dean Hillyer, age 71, of Becker, and formerly of Backus, passed away March 31, 2012. He was born in Brainerd to Robert “Bud” and Flossie Hillyer. Dean attended school in Backus and served in the U.S. Army. He married Cheryl Buehner on June 16, 1967. Dean was employed as a labor foreman for Jesco, Inc. for 30 years and had been a member of Laborers International Union Local No. 563 since 1964. He was also a member of the Backus American Legion. He was very proud of his Backus roots and eventually returned to the Backus area after retiring, enjoying his time spent with family and friends, hunting, fishing and gardening.
Dean is survived by son, Timothy Hillyer (Ashley); grandchildren, Nicholas Hillyer, Amanda Hillyer, Rachel Hillyer and Lila Hang.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cheryl; and brother, Roger Hillyer.
Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Lakeside Baptist Church, Backus. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Backus. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.