Dean Michael Rahn, 56, of Rockford ended his courageous battle against ALS on Friday, June 26, 2015. Born in Rockford on August 31, 1958. Dean was a skilled carpenter and craftsman, an avid Muskie fisherman, excellent cook, and passionate vegetable gardener. He spent his last months well cared for in his sister’s home, surrounded by family, friends, and dogs and cats he loved as his own. During this time, Dean had many happy and silly moments with his loud infectious laugh often filling the home. Dean would want all of us to remember him as his best self, either out fishing on his prized boat, manning his stove or grill, or tending to all those tomato plants. We can all take comfort knowing his suffering is over and he now has the peace he deserved.
Survivors include his mother, Jean Burdick; stepfathers, Larry Burdick, Derek Langworthy; sisters, Deborah Stannard, Jennifer Langworthy; brother, Russell Rahn; brothers-in-law, Dave Sandberg, Dave Lash; nieces, Beth Stannard, Cecilia Rahn, and Susan Rahn. Predeceased by his dog, Zeus; father, Fred Rahn; brother, Steven Rahn; and niece, Meghan Rahn.
A celebration of life will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Honquest Family Funeral Homes with Crematory – Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until service time Saturday. Please feel free to share your own stories, pictures, and thoughts for Dean, his loved ones, and each other on this site. They will bring comfort to us all.