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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: www.frankandbright.com
Ryan, sorry for you and your families loss.
Sorry for your loss, Mary Ellen. Dean will be missed.
Joyce.Jan and family so sorry to hear this. Hugs and prayers.
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.
Dean was a good friend and loved life. Sorry to hear he passed, hadn't seen him in a few years.
So very sorry for the loss of dean. Mary Ellen. Bless. U.
So sorry for your loss you are in my prayers
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.
So sorry for your loss, Mary Ellen.
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,
Sorry for your loss
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.
Very sorry for your loss!!!