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DHIA ‘dean’ Dean Amick passes on at 78

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Dean Amick, who spent decades of his professional life in DHIA service, passed away on Sunday, January 26, at his State College residence, surrounded by his family. He was 78. He had retired as the director of field operations for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association on December 31, 2009.

Born August 31, 1935, in New Enterprise, he was the son of the late Luther and Lavina Eweis Amick. On March 6, 2009, in Hawaii, he married Grayce W. Rote, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, one grandson, five step-children, and 22 step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was a 1953 graduate of Replogle High School in New Enterprise and served in the United States Army as a military policeman from 1955 until 1957.

He attended Calvary Baptist Church in State College. Dean was inducted into the Pennsylvania Softball Hall of Fame in 1980 as a player and a manager. He was president of the Pennsylvania Amateur Softball Association from 1999 until his death.

Funeral service were held on Friday, January 31, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1250 University Drive, State College.

Memorial contributions may be made to ­­­­the A.S.A. of Pennsylvania Softball Hall of Fame/Training Center, 311 Race Street, Sunbury, PA 17801 or to Centre County PAWS, 1401 Trout Road, State College, PA 16801.

Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.