Dean Edward Cusick

April 26, 1925 ‒ October 15, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Dean Edward Cusick, a hardworking man, passed away Monday, October 15, 2018 at Heartland of Marion.  Dean was 93 years old and a lifelong resident of the Marion area.

Born April 26, 1925 in Marion to the late Leo J. and Clara M. (Zink) Cusick, Dean attended Pleasant School where he graduated in 1944. While in school, Dean met Hazel Lehner, his lifelong love.  The two were wed on January 25, 1947 at St. Peter’s Church in Mansfield, Ohio.  Shortly after the wedding, they started their lives together in Marion.

In his younger years, Dean worked for a machine shop in Mount Gilead.  After a few years, he joined his brother Cork to jointly farm properties in Marion, Delaware, and Morrow Counties. Together they raised row crops; Dean also independently operated a dairy farm, of which he was quite proud.  When he retired from farming, the farms were sold and he built his dream house on a portion of the original family farm in Pleasant Township;  the house was built on a spot Dean had identified from childhood as his dream location.  His double A-Frame house had a large workshop where he could often be found making furniture for his family and wooden toys for the grandchildren.  After retiring from farming, Dean spent many years working as a driver for Pfeiffer Marathon Oil.

Dean will be missed by Hazel, his loving wife of 71 years.  The two raised a family of six, which has expanded to now include ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.  One highlight of Dean and Hazel’s life together was their 50th Anniversary trip to Ireland, where they kissed the Blarney Stone and visited the countryside — including a Cusack’s Pub.

Dean was a man of deep faith and a lifelong member of St. Mary Church in Marion.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and enjoyed playing in the Knights of Columbus Golf League.

Dean is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Hazel; children, Stephen D. (Julie) Cusick of Kokomo, Indiana, Keith E. (Julie) Cusick of Morral, Michael J. (Patti) Cusick of Marion, Debra M. (Larry) Krissek of Ostrander, and Sara J. (Tim) Dorsey of Sebastian, Florida; grandchildren, Colleen (Shane) Hively, Heather (Michael) Mygrant, Cassie (Jessie) Lehnhart, Carrie Ann Cusick, Shane (Heather) Cusick, Bryan (Nepunee) Cusick, Lori (Brian) Wilson, Jennifer (Anthony) Toops, Patrick Krissek, and Alex Dorsey; great-grandchildren, Caden, Carson, Sheppard, Summit, Isaiah, Lexie, Lenny, Dominic, Caleb, Colin, and Cora; brother, Robert “Cork” Cusick; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents; son, Terrence L. “Terry” Cusick; and siblings, Dick, Jim, and John Cusick, Kathryn Sens, Rosemary “Pat” Figerell, Rose Marie Granger, Jane Simpson, Lucille Cusick, and Mary McGinnis.

Visitation will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 2 until 4 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, October 22, 2018 at 10 am at St. Mary Church, Marion, with Father Ryan Schmit presiding.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Cusick Lot.

Memorial donations may be made in Dean’s honor to St. Mary Church, Marion.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Dean’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • Uncle Dean will be sorely missed by all. He will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit and his intricate woodworking skills. We have at least five train cars, a steamboat and an airplane, all with moving parts. I also remember the Lehner Family Reunion at Uncle Dean’s dream home. What a wonderful memory and good times by all.

  • Very sorry for the loss of Dean. He and my father Claire Harper worked together for years delivering fuel for Pfeiffer Marathon. My dad and I actually ate lunch before my dad’s passing with Dean at Heartland several times. I am sure he will be missed was a nice man.

  • Sending my prayers to the family during this time of grief. Sorry for your loss. I’m glad I had the pleasure of meeting Dean. He was a sweet man.

  • Words can not describe how deeply sorry I am for your loss. My prayers go out to the Cusick family. I had the great privilege of taking care of Terry, and so enjoyed getting to know the family and think the world of them all. My heart goes out to you all. RIP Dean.

  • I’m sincerely sorry for your loss Hazel. Dean talked about you with such great love and I know you will miss him dearly. He is a great man that the world will miss.

  • I thought Dean was a wonderful person. He always asked how I was doing. He will be missed by so many.

  • Dearest Aunt Hazel and family, my deepest sympathies on the loss of Uncle Dean. The pictures shared here along with the story of his life are beautiful. God speed and Rest In Peace Uncle Dean.
    With love, Sheila McGinnis (Mary’s daughter)