Dean Raleigh Kollars, age 61, Wakonda, SD passed away peacefully on September 7, 2014, with his family by his side. Dean was born August 23, 1953 in Yankton, SD to Raleigh and Joyce Kollars. He attended school in Yankton. After graduation in 1971, Dean attended vocational training in small engine mechanics in Rapid City, SD.
Dean married Delphine O’Connor and to this union a daughter, Crystal, was born. Grateful to have shared his life are daughter, Crystal Chaudhry (Babar), grandson Kaiden, mother Joyce Kollars, sister Jan (Barry) Boeckman, three stepchildren: Stacey, Michael, and Lisa; and nephews Troy (Jodi) Fiedler and Michael Kollars-Plooster.
Dean was a loving father who adored his daughter Crystal and precious grandson Kaiden Dean valued time spent with his family and friends His favorite pastimes were riding motorcycles and restoring old scooters. Dean never met a cat he didn’t like or want to adopt.
Dean worked various jobs in construction and maintenance before poor health forced him to retire. Dean battled renal cancer for the past five years, of which he was paralyzed for the last year and a half. Dean spent the last year of his life at Wakonda Heritage Manor where he received tender, loving and supportive care.
Dean was preceded in death by his grandparents: Grace Osborn Hjerreld, Edward and Clara Kollars, father Raleigh and sister Julie.
Private family service to be held at a later date.