William Dean Versaw, age 92, West Chester, Ohio, died Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Silverton Pointe Nursing Home in Cincinnati. Born Aug. 7, 1920 in Beaver City, NE to Paul and Wanda (Harr) Versaw Sr. He graduated from Rokeby High School, NE and is a 1943 graduate of University of Nebraska with a BS M.E.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Versaw enlisted in the Army and was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1944 and served with the Corps of Engineers in the European theater, attached to the 9th Engineer Command under General Eisenhower. Later he served with the Army of Occupation, 837th Engineer Aviation until June 1946. He retired from the US Army Reserves at the rank of Lt. Colonel.
A retired professional engineer, Versaw had 10 yrs in automotive service and sales as owner of Capitol Automotive followed by 27 yrs. serving automotive and appliance industries in materials, applications, and process development and sales. He retired from Fabri-Form in Cambridge, OH in Jan. 1986. While a resident of Cambridge, he was a longtime member of Unity Presbyterian Church and served on the board of the Guernsey County Airport Commission. Versaw, had a private pilot license and had been flying for over 60 years. His last flight was on his 90th birthday.
Mr. Versaw, and his wife, Wilma, were also members of the Buckeye Winnies and the Central Ohio Travel Clubs and traveled extensively in their motor home throughout North America. He had also been active in the Guernsey County Republican Club.
After relocating to West Chester, OH the couple became members of Grace Bible Presbyterian Church in Sharonville. He was also a member of the Sharonville Republican Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Wilma. He is survived by two sisters, Barbara Pogue of Prescott, AZ and Wanda Krein, Portland, OR; four children, Deanna Caito of Mentor, Doug (Jane) Versaw of Mansfield, Jeanene (Harry) Prestanski of West Chester and Steve (Joyce) Versaw of Richmond, Va.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 AM Saturday Aug. 10, at Grace Bible Presbyterian Church, 12060 Route 42 (Lebanon Rd.), Sharonville, Ohio 45241. Additional services will be held when he is laid to rest at Lincoln Memorial Park & Mausoleum, Lincoln, NE. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Dean Versaw’s memory to: Honor Flight Tri-State, 8627 Calumet Way, Cincinnati, OH 45249. Honor Flight Tri-State flies World War ll and Korean Veterans to see their memorial in Washington, DC at no charge to veteran.