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Floyd Ray Deen

Springdale, AR

February 14, 1937 - February 29, 2024

Floyd Ray Deen Obituary

Floyd Ray Deen, 87, of Gentry, AR passed away on February 29, 2024, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, AR. Floyd was born in Hulbert, OK on February 14, 1937 to Leroy and Mabel Deen. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Donna Deen. He is also survived by his children Sue Simmons of Ranchos de Taos, NM, Rebecca Petcavich of Oceanside, CA, Karen Childress and spouse Larry of Sherman, TX and David Deen and spouse Cherrie of Salado, TX; his 14 grandchildren Sasha Verdugo, Sonya Petcavich, Shane Petcavich, Hannah Koepenick, Abigail Reyna, Andrew Childress, Caleb Childress, Nathan Childress, Jesse Childress, Christina Childress, Reginia Deen, Nicholas Deen, Aunnika Deen and Kymberleigh Deen, eight great-grandchildren, three sisters Beulah Dutcher, Carolyn Abrams, Kay Mayo and one brother Raymond Deen as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jacob and Leroy.

He was a hard-working man who loved being around his family and friends, enjoyed traveling and had a love of learning new things. He joined the army in his late teens and was stationed in Maryland as a Communications Specialist. There he met and married his wife Donna. After he left the army, they moved multiple times in two years for work, living in Oklahoma, Colorado, New York, California, Utah and New Mexico.

As the family grew, they lived primarily in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. It was in Shreveport, LA where he opened his own welding/machine shop. In 1973, he moved his family and his business to Gentry, AR, where he found a community in need of his services. Over the years, his business transitioned from a welding/machine shop to a small manufacturer designing and building custom Ozark fireplace inserts and wood stoves.

Floyd was a man of many talents and abilities. He could make or fix anything. He would always tell his family that there was no excuse for ignorance if there was a library in town. He was an avid ham radio operator and built his own ham radio and antenna. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying. He enjoyed sharing his wealth of knowledge with others, especially those who genuinely wanted to learn.

No service is planned. Memorial gifts may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, Springdale, AR.

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