Howard Robert ‘Bobby’ Dean, 77

Howard Robert “Bobby” Dean, 77, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., formerly of Beltsville, Md., passed away on Dec. 21, 2018, at his home, after a long illness.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, he was employed with Washington Gas Light Company, retiring in 1997. He and his wife, Sandy, settled in Rehoboth Beach, Del., in 2000.

Dean is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandy (Bigley) Dean; his daughter, Michelle Stevens, and her husband, Michael; a son, Brian, and his wife, Pam; three grandchildren, Quinn Dean, Liam Dean and Kayleigh Stevens; two sisters, Mary Ruth Wilson and Gerry White; a brother, Pat; an aunt, Dolores O’Brien; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del., where friends may call after 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at