Reverend Dean Elton Tegeler, of Weymouth and Hingham, Massachusetts, died on Friday, August 25, 2017.
He was born on December 10, 1928, in Battle Creek, Nebraska to Walter and Caroline, and lived his early years during the Depression and the Dust Bowl on his parents' farm in Battle Creek. At age 13, Dean left home to study for the ministry, first at Concordia Prep School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained in July 1954 in Columbia, South Carolina at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. After several years as a minister in South Carolina, Dean and his wife Marie moved to St. John's Lutheran Church in South Weymouth in January 1961 (St. John's later merged with Lutheran Church of the Cross in Hanover and House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Hingham).
Active in social issues during the 1960s and 70s, Dean served as chairman of the board of South Shore Mental Health in the early 1970s, and then served as Executive Director of South Shore Day Care Services from 1975 to 1989. He also earned his MS in Divinity from Boston University. In 1991, Dean returned to ministry at Christ Lutheran Church in Scituate. He retired in 2003, but continued to serve as a visiting pastor on the South Shore until 2011.
Throughout his career, Dean had the pleasure of officiating at many weddings of family members and friends. Among his outside interests was a lifelong love of music, and for many years he performed as a member of the Fine Arts Chorale. Dean is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Marie Delventhal Tegeler, his children Philip and his wife Anne Goldstein, Christine and her husband David Beneman, and David and his wife Nancy, and nine grandchildren: Dorothy & Alec, Nathan; Sara, Lisa, and Katy; and Caroline, Andrew and Jane. He will be deeply mourned by his family and many friends.
A Memorial service will be held at House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 916 Main Street, Hingham, at 11:00 am, on Saturday, September 9, 2017.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you send donations in Dean’s name to House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 916 Main Street Hingham, MA 02043 or the Benevolent Care Fund at Linden Ponds in Hingham.