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Dexter Clauton Pope was born on his familys farm in Ivanhoe, Virginia on January 27, 1933 to Joseph Young Pope and Eva Claudine (Waddell) Pope. He passed unexpectedly on October 18, 2017 after a brief illness.
Dexter graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1952. He attended Ohio University where he met his future bride Gladys Edythe Bukowski during their sophomore year. Dexter graduated from Ohio University in 1956 with a degree in business and served in the United States Army for two years. Dexter and Gladys were married on August 11, 1957 in Ashtabula, Ohio. Dexter was a loyal and loving husband to Gladys for over 60 years. Dexter and Gladys moved to western Michigan in 1968. Dexter has been described as a great man who got up every day no matter the circumstances and did what needed to be done. He devoted himself to his wife and their three daughters; Stephanie (Phil) Mayrose, Jennifer (Laird) Wynn, and Becky Moll. He was a role model for hard work and generosity to his six grandchildren Jaclyn, Joseph, Eva, Jack, Jesse and Jake. Dexter was preceded in death by his fraternal twin brother Ezra and older brothers Joseph Young Jr and Walter Randolph. There will be no visiting hours; a graveside service will be held for the family in Ashtabula Ohio. Share memories with the family at their online guest book at www.sytsemafh.com.
Published on October 27, 2017
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