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Dean Alan Haze

July 5, 1949 — March 21, 2021

Dean Haze
Estes Park, Colorado
Services for Dean Haze, age 71, of Estes Park, Colorado who passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at his residence. His memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon with Pastor Kevin Gingerich ~ officiating.
A private graveside service will be held at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon.
There will be no visitation.
Masks are recommended for the service.
In remembrance of Dean's life, memorial donations can be made to the Estes Park Senior Center.


July 5, 1949 ~ Hull, Iowa
March 21, 2021 ~ Estes, Colorado

11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 10, 2021
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa
Rev. Kevin Gingerich ~ officiating

“Go Rest High On That Mountain” CD Vince Gill
“It Is Well With My Soul” CD Caleb & Kelsey

Private Family Graveside Service
East Lawn Cemetery ~ Sheldon

In remembrance of Dean's life, memorial donations can be made to the Estes Park Senior Center.

Arrangements under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa


Dean Alan Haze age 71 of Estes Park, CO passed away Sunday, March 21st, 2021. He was the only child of Laurence and Esther Haze.
Dean was born July 5th, 1949 in Hull, Iowa and grew up in Sheldon, Iowa. He graduated from Sheldon High School in 1967. He then went on to graduate with a degree in business administration from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.
Dean’s love of music was a continuous pursuit in his life; he had an extensive music collection and was well-versed in the history of contemporary music. He enjoyed playing his guitars and piano, and when he was younger, he played the trumpet as a member of a jazz band. In addition to his knowledge of music, Dean also had great knowledge of computers and he often shared this expertise by building computers for both clients and friends. In his free time, he loved golfing, playing cards and meeting friends for coffee.
Most of Dean’s adult life was spent in Colorado. Having spent time as a small boy with his family in Estes Park, his dream of owning a home there became a reality in 2014, and the following years brought new experiences in Dean’s life. After adopting his dog Sophie, Dean spent countless hours at the dog park. The friendships cultivated there became exceedingly special to Dean and brought about the famous “Barker Gang.” Dean also found his way to the Estes Park Senior Center where he spent much of his time helping to serve the people in the community. The Senior Center was just one of many places where Dean invested his time in others.
Dean was a man of many friends, from young children to the elderly. He had an infectious laugh and enjoyed lively conversations, and he especially loved a good banter. Those who knew him best have said that his sometimes-sarcastic sense of humor could never really mask the truth about his nature, the fact that above all else, Dean was a very generous and kind soul. His many acts of kindness in the community were simply built into his daily routine. He cared deeply about others and always looked for a way to help people. He will be truly missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his companion of 16 years, Jenelle Jeffery, and her two sons, Taylor, and Connor Heir. Dean’s final resting place will be in Sheldon, Iowa.
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Service Schedule

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

11:00 - 11:45 am (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue , Sheldon, IA 51201

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East Lawn Cemetery - Sheldon

700 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

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