Dean Kenneth McBride

Here is a beautiful tribute to Dean written by Jodi:

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Dean Kenneth McBride
(1937-2003) Alamogordo, New Mexico

Dean K. McBride, 75, died at home on Friday, August 3. Dean was the only son of the late Frank K. and Alice (Lindquist) McBride. He was born in Ames, Iowa and raised in Willmar, Minnesota. Dean graduated from Willmar High School in 1956. He served in the Marine Corps, where he was stationed with the 3rdMarine Air Wing in Santa Ana, California from 1956-1959. Following his return from the service, he enrolled at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. There he earned his BS in biology and social work in 1963. Dean met his wife, Mary (Mickey) Montague, at Gustavus, where they were both members of the choir. They were married in St. Peter in 1962.  Dean went on to get his MS in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1965. Dean spent most of his career at NDSU, where he was the Extension Entomologist for North Dakota from 1965 to 1993. Following retirement from his federal job, he was employed as an Entomologist/Associate from FMC from 1993 to 1997. Dean and Mickey lived in Fargo, North Dakota for forty years. They moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico in 2003 but continued to spend summers at the lake cabin on Big Sugarbush Lake in northern Minnesota. Dean was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Alamogordo. Dean is survived by his wife, daughter Jodi and her husband Joseph Antinori, son, John Mc Bride, and his wife Ann, and three grandsons, Luke, Vincent, and Theodore Antinori.

Dad was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in March of 2011. He went to MD Anderson in Houston and they came up with a treatment plan that could be carried out in Alamogordo. The chemotherapy did a good job of prolonging his life. When he wasn’t sick from the chemo, he was able to engage in his favorite activities—singing in the church choir, reading, attending concerts and exercise class. He was even able to spend a month at the lake cabin last summer.

 In March the chemo was no longer effective in suppressing the cancer. He tried a round of radiation, but it didn’t work. At the beginning of July he went on Hospice. He died peacefully at home.

I’m thankful for the time I was able to spend with my parents the past two years. The love and care that my parents showed to one another during this time has been inspirational. I’m also grateful for all of the love and support I’ve gotten from the Antinori family. My dad was a great person and I will miss him dearly.

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2 Responses to Dean Kenneth McBride

  1. Deb Antinori says:

    This is a beautiful tribute, Jodi. I didn’t know your dad had a degree in social work – he was very well rounded in his education. So glad he could spend last summer at the lake – I know how he and your mom loved their special place. Your dad had such a lovely smile, when I see him in my mind’s eye, that is how I picture him, with a big smile like in this photo you have of him here. You were such a good daughter to him – it is great that could could spend the time with your parents these last two years, I know this meant a lot to them. Thinking of you and your mom at this difficult time. Much love to you.

  2. Albie says:

    Jody – so sorry about your Dad’s passing. He was a great guy. He immediately made us feel like part of the family when we first met up in Fargo, and was a great companion at Thanksgiving dinners.
    One quick remembrance… When he and Mickey were visiting NJ back in the 90’s he got a real kick out of the fact that I had something like 7 kids from Charlie’s Cub Scout pack all buckled up in our van. He’s standing on the sidewalk watching, and kids just kept getting out of the van! This was before your 3 were born I guess, and we made some jokes about “How many Cub Scouts can you fit in a mini-van ?” Pretty funny.
    May he rest in peace.

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