Darwin “Dean” Cartwright, 81, of North English died Oct. 24, 2012, at Iowa City Hospice in Iowa City.
Burial and graveside rites were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola. Powell Funeral Home, North English, was in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established for Iowa City Hospice and Cancer Care of Iowa City.
Darwin “Dean” Cartwright, son of Vera (Arbuckle) and Paul Cartwright, was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Villisca.
Dean graduated in 1950 from Osceola High School.
In July 1951, Dean joined the Navy and attended the U.S. Naval School for training in electronics and communications. He served as a communications technician during the Korean War, stationed on Oahu, Hawaii.
After discharge from the service in June 1955, Dean attended San Jose Community College and San Jose State to study electrical engineering.
For three summers between college academic years, Dean travelled to Alaska to work as a firefighter on the U.S. Distant Early Warning (DEW) line and construction of communication towers near Fairbanks, Alaska. In 1959, he returned to Iowa.
In 1961, Dean married Judith Chadwick in Indianola.
They moved to Rapid City, S.D., and then Tucson, Ariz., where he worked for Martin Marietta on U.S. missile sites.
After a short stay in Sunnyvale, Calif., and Ames, they settled in Lake Mills, where they lived for 12 years.
In 1981, they moved to Lucas, where Dean worked for Iowa Department of Transportation until his retirement in 1997.
After retirement, they moved to North English to be closer to family.
Dean is survived by his wife Judy of North English; daughter Lori Flugum (Doug) of Cedar Rapids; brother James Cartwright of Osceola; and grandchildren, Ryan Flugum (Jenna) of Columbia, Mo., and Austin and Kerstin Flugum of Cedar Rapids.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents.