Dean Vlastuin

April 26, 1968-Feb. 3, 2014

BALATON – Services for Dean Eric Vlastuin, 45, of rural Balaton will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the American Reformed Church in Worthington. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the American Reformed Church in Worthington. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Burial will be in the Worthington Cemetery.

He died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

He was born April 26, 1968 in Worthington, to parents, Henry and Emma (Van Bochove) Vlastuin. He graduated from Worthington High School in 1986. After graduation he joined the Minnesota Army National Guard Company A 2nd Battalion 47th Infantry Division. He served for nine years and earned the rank of E6 Staff Sergeant. He also attended Southwest State University in Marshall, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in psychology and social work.

Dean married Jill Rademacher on Sept. 8, 2000. After their marriage Dean and Jill moved to an acreage near Balaton. The couple later divorced. He was employed by Western Human Development as a social worker and presently worked for Buffalo Ridge Assertive Community Treatment. Dean was a very dedicated social worker who cared for and loved his clients, and they loved him. He had a great personality and was well liked by his co-workers who were like family to him.

Dean was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing with family and friends. He enjoyed salmon fishing on Lake Superior and took numerous trips to the Boundary Waters. He also enjoyed living on his acreage, planting trees and entertaining his three dogs. He also enjoyed reading and was an active member of the AA group in Tracy.

He is survived by his mother, Emma Vlastuin of Worthington; two sisters, Kristi (Kyle) Wells of Mounds View, Jill (Brian) Koopman of Worthington, two nieces, Jennifer (Don) Tiesler of Fulda; Michele (Matthew) Thiner of Fulda; one nephew, Ryan Koopman of Kings Bay, Ga.; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, close friends, Gary Balster, Toby Funk and Bernie Pryzmus and his three dogs, Taylor, Saddle and Izzy.

Dean was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father, Henry in 1997.