"Willard Dean Derieg, February 3, 1946 - November 25, 2019. Raised in Carnegie, Oklahoma where he attended Carnegie school through the 12th grade. Entered into the US Army at Amarillo, TX in 1966 and served in Vietnam, 2 years, 2 months, and 10 days. Dean was Honorable Discharged August 14, 1972. After returning from Vietnam Dean attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University. While at SWOSU, Dean began his career as a minister. He was chosen as the pastor of the Bessie Baptist Church in 1971, where he met his wife Carolyn who was the piano player at the church. (Legend says that mom told Dean if he wanted to continue to have a piano player, he would need to marry her.) They were married 6 months after, February 14, 1972. Along with his new step son Steve, Dean and Carolyn made their home in Bessie, OK.,later moving to Cordell, OK, where they welcomed a son, Greg, on May 21, 1977. Dean was called to become pastor of the First Baptist Church of Foss, OK on June 3, 1976 where he served as pastor until the time of his death.
Dean was active in advocating for military veterans. He was active in the VFW Post 4613 in Cordell, OK where he served many terms as Post Commander and was serving in that capacity at the time of his death. Dean recently served as quartermaster for District 15, state of Oklahoma, of the Veteran of Foreign Wars. He served twice as State Commander for the VFW and later served two terms as National Chaplain for the VFW; he was most proud of the honor to serve as National Chaplain. Dean served for many years on the Oklahoma War Veterans Commission. He was appointed by Governor Frank Keating to serve in this position through 2004.
Dean was a proud and active supporter of the Cordell High School band as the voice of the Pride of Cordell for 30 years. Recently he was honored for his thirty years as "the voice” in a special halftime presentation. (read plaque)
Of all the things dean accomplished in his life, and all the people he touched, he was most proud of three things. One, his church family in Foss Oklahoma was his heartbeat. Dad spent countless hours working on sermons, often late into the night on Saturdays, making sure people never forgot they had an opportunity to change their eternity by accepting Jesus Christ as their lord and savior. Two, his children and grandchildren. He loved all of his grandchildren and always did something special for each of them at Christmas. He loved his two boys, Steve and Greg, unconditionally and they love him the same. The third, the love of his life, Carolyn Sue. Dean always told her that she was "such a pretty lady” and he was so proud to be her husband.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, son Greg Derieg and wife, Danielle, son Steve Williamson and wife, Traci, one brother, Dan, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren."