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Dean Bratton

Jan 7th, 1954 - Jun 10th, 2022


Visitation:  6 until 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home


     Earl Dean Bratton, age 68, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Friday afternoon, June 10, 2022, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.

     Dean was born January 7, 1954, in Flora, the son of Cecil Vernon and Rosamond Lee (Marvel) Bratton.

     He worked throughout his life in the oilfields, for the City of Fairfield, at NAL, and also as a truck driver.  Fishing, gardening, and hunting for arrowheads were some of his favorite ways to spend time.  Dean will also be remembered for his appreciation of horses and the traditions of the Western cowboy lifestyle.  He and Mary Ellen were members of First Southern Baptist Church of Flora.

     Dean is survived by his wife of 26 years: Mary Ellen Johnson Bratton of Flora; a stepdaughter: Paula Young Denton of Flora; 2 grandkids: Ryan (Dawn) Wiles and Stevi (Josh) Brinkley of Flora; 4 great-grandkids: Alex and Shae Wiles, and Izzabella and Kimp Brinkley; 2 sisters: Joyce Hagerud and Jan Vaught of Fairfield; a nephew and a niece: Robert Bratton and Susan Grove of Fairfield; a great-niece and 2 great-nephews: Abigail Galbraith and Lucas & Caleb Galbraith; an aunt: Dolores (the late Don) Bratton of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; as well as many nieces and nephews by marriage.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister: Virginia Grimes.

     A visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Private burial will be later at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Wayne County.  Memorial donations are suggested to First Southern Baptist Church of Flora and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Carolyn Scott

June 12th

Ryan, sorry for you and your families loss.

Kathy Brooks

June 12th

Sorry for your loss, Mary Ellen. Dean will be missed.

Judy Holroyd

June 12th

Joyce.Jan and family so sorry to hear this. Hugs and prayers.

Cynthia Steiner

June 12th

So sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. I went to school with him and he was such a nice guy. Sending thoughts , prayers and much love to his wife, family, sisters, Bobby and the rest of the family. Dean you will be missed by many.

Dave Milner

June 12th

Dean was a good friend and loved life. Sorry to hear he passed, hadn't seen him in a few years.

Walterene Pearce

June 12th

So very sorry for the loss of dean. Mary Ellen. Bless. U.

Rita Mitchell

June 13th

So sorry for your loss you are in my prayers

Ron Bradham & Lou Peluso

June 14th

Mary Ellen I am so sorry for your loss. It just is not right to lose someone with so many more years to share with. We are sorry but we will not be able to be at the visitation due to another obligation to the local Veterans.

Shane Dulaney

June 15th

So sorry for your loss, Mary Ellen.

Schiela Wilson

June 16th

Uncle Dean you will be so Greatly Missed Thank You for Everything you have done for me I will always remember you and Love you Please watch over Us. Love You Uncle Dean Love Schiela,

Rhesa Eckelberry

June 16th

Sorry for your loss

Bob & Debbie Cole

June 19th

Mary Ellen we are so sorry to hear of Dean's passing. I have great memories of seeing you two when we come back to visit. He was always smiling and full of life. Although this is the end of life here on this earth, we know we will see him again in Heaven. Praying for you and all the family. Love.

Terry Igert

June 24th

Very sorry for your loss!!!



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