Dean Edward Partridge

Dean Edward Partridge of Cedarburg went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at the age of 69. He passed away peacefully and without pain from complications of kidney cancer. A memorial service was held yesterday, Sept. 22, at Advent Lutheran Church. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg served the family.

Dean was born in Oak Park, Ill., on June 17, 1939. He received his bachelorís degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University. He married Eva in 1967. After living out east for a few years, Dean and Eva moved to the Chicago area and eventually moved to Cedarburg in 1979. Together they raised three children, Jeffrey, Kristin and Drew, who all graduated from Cedarburg High School and went on to become college graduates.

Always the entertainer, Dean was very active with both the Ozaukee Chorus as well as the Port Washington Summer Theater. As an avid singer, he will be remembered for singing his Louis Armstrong songs at weddings and gatherings. Some also may remember him for his infectious laugh that created many lasting memories.

In the early Ď90s, Dean started Partridge and Associates, a food brokerage firm. For the last nine years, he also worked at Portal Industries in Grafton, finding employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Dean was also very active at Advent Lutheran Church. As an organ donor, his corneas were used upon death so now someone else may see "What a Wonderful World" we live in.

Dean was the dear husband to Eva; and father to his children, Jeff (Katrina) from Rapid City, S.D., Kristin of Seattle, Wash., and Drew (Robyn) of Charlotte, N.C. Dean was the proud "Bompa" to seven grandchildren, Micah, Joshua, Grace, Abraham, Benjamin, Ella and Anna; and the dear brother to Donald (Madelyn) and the late Boyd. He is also survived by his niece, Marianne (Joe); and his nephew, Mike. He is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, it was Deanís wish to send memorials to either Advent Lutheran Church or Portal Industries. The family encourages online condolences which can be viewed at