SEARSPORT — Dean William Hustus Sr. passed peacefully into the arms of his savior surrounded by his wife and children July 5, 2021, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.

Dean was born April 8, 1940, in Frankfort with his identical twin brother, Dale, to Delbert and Mariba (Mae) Hustus. As a baby he was wholeheartedly embraced by his father, Lloyd Tripp, when he married Mae.

Dean grew up around Waldo County, continually moving with his parents and siblings wherever his dad was working. He graduated from eighth grade and went to work to help support his family. He worked tirelessly the rest of his life, always providing for his loved ones, but earned his GED through night school when the boys were little.

He joined the Army in the fall of 1959 and met the love of his life, Weldeena Hersom, when he returned home from basic training. He was absolutely smitten, and within a year and a half he had made her his wife. He married Weldeena (Willie) Oct. 28, 1961, in Belfast. They made their home in Searsport, where they lived for almost 60 years and raised their beautiful family. He took great pride in his home, particularly his lawn, which was impeccably kept, and he passed his love of a good-looking lawn on to his daughter.

In Dean’s early years he worked at Penobscot Poultry, then for the town of Searsport on the road crew, where he met his dear friend Howard Dakin. In his 40s he went to Champion International Paper Co. in Bucksport, where he worked for 17 years, then retired. In his retirement years he worked part-time for Waldo County Transportation.

Dean enjoyed riding his GoldWing motorcycle on trips with his wife and friends, and when they were no longer able to ride, they moved on to antique cars, Dean was proud to have won several awards with his red 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. He loved to travel, never missed an opportunity for a cup of coffee or a cribbage game, and loved to laugh at a good joke. He was good at electrical work and could fix anything. Dean enjoyed building and working on a variety of projects with his family, and he worked tirelessly helping his daughter renovate her old farmhouse. He was a talented artist and enjoyed drawing particularly. He was always there to help his grandkids with their school projects, or to check their car over, to be sure they were safe.

Dean was a devoted Christian and a longtime member of North Searsport United Methodist Church. He was always the first to volunteer for any church projects or events. He lived his life with a servant’s heart and inspired others to do the same. The more he had, the more he loved to share.

Of all the things Dean loved, there was nothing he loved more than his family. He cherished his beloved wife and spoiled her with gifts for every occasion. He set the bar high for all his children and grandchildren for what a loving husband and marriage look like.

Dean was predeceased by his twin brother, Dale Hustus, and all but one of his six other brothers, Buddy Hustus, Donald Tripp, Eugene Tripp, Larry Tripp and Lloyd Tripp, and dear friends Gary Tripp and Martin Page.

Besides his wife, Dean is survived by his children, Dean Hustus Jr. and Jeffery Hustus of Searsport, and Melanie Bragg and her husband, Brian, of Appleton; brother Dennis Tripp of Searsport; and grandchildren Chelsea, Megan, Mariah, Brittany, Taylor, Blaine, Elizabeth, Isabel, Jensen and Zachary; six step-grandchildren, Josh, Ashley, True, Ivan, Max, Addie; and great-grandchildren Jace, Jaylin, Riley, Nova, McKinley, Malanii, Kamdyn, Kennedy and Leland.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit at Young Funeral Home, Main Street, Searsport, Wednesday, July 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.

A celebration of life will be held at North Searsport United Methodist Church, 751 Mt. Ephraim Road, Searsport, Thursday, July 15, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The National Alzheimer’s Association. Memories and condolences may be left at mitchelltweedie-young.com.

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