Dean Un Cavalier | Laurier Outlook
Dean A Rider of Laurel, Montana was found deceased Friday evening, July 16, 2021 at his home at the age of 65.
Dean was the eldest son of Harold and Dorothy (Kostelecky) Rider of Laurel. He was born September 6, 1955. Dean grew up in Laurel, north of the railroad tracks where his father worked. Maybe he was raised near the tracks by a railwayman, but Dean eventually became a lifelong railwayman with a career spanning over 42 years. He began his railroad career in May 1973 with the Burlington Northern Railroad Service. Finally, in April 1974, he was transferred to the automotive department as a guard worker for BNSF. He became a carman at BNSF and held that position until 1986. He was taken on leave from the cars department and moved to the operations department as a switching driver. In October 1987, Dean became a Montana Rail Link railway worker and soon became a locomotive engineer. Dean retired from a job he loved in September 2015.
Dean had a variety of interests other than the railroad, including fishing, hunting, mechanics, and Ford vehicles. Some of his most valuable possessions include his 1976 Ford truck, 1983 Jeep, and 1967 Cougar. Dean has obtained certifications in small engine repair, locksmithing, and auto repair. Dean loved to fish and spent several days of his retirement near a quiet stream. Dean also loved to travel. He never really had a plan for his travels because he would take off and see where the road took him. He traveled across the United States to the east and west coasts.
Some will remember Dean as calm, perhaps even described as recluse. However, if you really got to know Dean, you would quickly realize that he had a generous heart and a rare sense of humor. It will be his generosity, his wise advice and his smile when he shared his humor that will be sorely missed.
Dean will be sadly missed by his only living brother, Terry (Brenda) Rider of Billings, Montana. Especially sad, will be the light of his world, his only niece, Madilyn J Rider. Dean always spoiled Madilyn and rarely said “no” to her whims. He will also be missed by his friends and neighbors who were always looking for Dean. He is also survived by many uncles, aunts and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Dorothy (Kostelecky) Rider; also predeceased by grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins Dale Rider and Debbie (Rider) Buschell.
Cremation has taken place. The funeral will be on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 2 p.m. at New Life Church, 3950 Temple Place, Billings, MT. Private interment will be held at Laurel Cemetery at a later date.