Dean A. Prantner, 68

Published 10:07 am Friday, May 1, 2015

Dean A. Prantner, 68, of Austin, Minnesota, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at St. Mark’s Assisted Living.



He was born April 15, 1947, in Austin to Emil A. and Beverly J. (Hartley) Prantner. He was baptized and confirmed at Trondhjem Lutheran Church in rural Austin. Following his 1965 graduation from Austin High School, Dean attended Austin Community College where he received a two-year degree in banking. In 1966, he joined the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. Over the years, Dean worked as a banker in Illinois and Iowa. A member of ZCDJ Lodge 44, he was interested in astronomy, enjoyed woodworking, and loved his dog, Fred. Dean also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Dean is survived by his parents Emil and Beverly Prantner of Austin; his children Alisa (Raymond) Pontarelli of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Kara Prantner of Iowa City, Iowa, and Dr. Jason (Dr. Gretchen Gudmundsen) Prantner of Seattle, Washington; his five grandchildren: Addison Prantner, Christian Pontarelli, Lauren Pontarelli, Max Prantner, and Harriet Prantner; his sister Marsha (Steven) Wilcox of Livermore, Colorado; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Trondhjem Lutheran Church in rural Austin, Minnesota. Military rites will be provided by Glenville American Legion Post 264. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online