Obituaries detail

Gregory Dean
Sep 09,1946---Sep 11,2018

Gregory Dean of Overland Park KS died September 11, 2018 having succumbed to complications of Lewy Body Dementia diagnosed in 2014.

 

He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Vicki, his sons Christopher (SiewMing) and Adam (Kelly, grandchildren Shelby and Kelsey); sister Glenna (Tim Seaman), brother Walter (Leslie, children Travis and Savannah); and sister-in-law Judy Clark (Fred and children Deanna [Ken], Donna, and Mike [Chris]).

 

Greg was born August 9, 1946 in St. Louis MO to Bob and Jeanne Dean. Greg grew up in in Wichita KS but moved to Austin TX during high school. At age 16, Greg built a radio transmitter largely from scratch, attained his FCC first-class amateur radio license, and his private pilot certificate. He graduated from McCallum High School in 1964.

 

In 1965, he worked at KNOW radio in Austin while attending the University of Texas.  Greg moved back to Wichita where he was on-air talent at KLEO (‘Phil Harmonic’) and KEYN (‘The Dean of Music’).

 

Greg married Vicki Bowdish in 1968 and envisioned radio-station ownership as the best financial fit for his family. He planned to leverage one business after another to accumulate the necessary capital. 

 

Dunkin’ Donuts was his first step, eventually totaling 5 stores in the KC area for which Greg utilized a Wang 2200 computer to create accounting software.  Greg and Vicki started Computer Concepts Corporation (CCC) from the basement of their home in 1974 after realizing his software could be adapted into a turnkey broadcast-scheduling system to revolutionize radio-station operations. 

 

Greg’s new software was warmly received. In response, he diversified CCC’s offerings into a sophisticated portfolio of applications that made it an industry leader.  Growing CCC to 110 employees and clients spanning five continents occupied Greg’s waking hours for the rest of his life.  Greg became an employee again after Google purchased CCC in 2006, then sold it to Wide Orbit Technologies in 2009. He retired in 2013 as Lewy Body Dementia began to rob his mind of its agility and intense focus.

 

Greg revolutionized radio-station operations worldwide through electronic innovations, visionary software, and musical knowledge.  Greg was as driven, direct, and passionate about his commitments in business as he was devoted and compassionate as a husband, father, and grandfather. Integrity was his watchword.

 

A memorial will be held on September 19, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection – Wesley Chapel, at 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood KS.  The 10 AM visitation is followed by the service at 11 AM.  The family thanks Silvercrest at College View’s wonderful staff.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kansas City Hospice House ( https://www.kchospice.org/hospice-house/ ) or ‘Jeanne’s Place’ via the Care Haven Foundation, 3848 W. 75th St., Prairie Village KS.

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Visitation
Location:
Church of the Resurrection, Wesley Chapel
Address:
13720 Roe Avenue
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66224
Date of Service:
Sep 19 ,2018
Time of Service:
10:00 am
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Memorial Service
Location:
Church of the Resurrection, Wesley Chapel
Address:
13720 Roe Avenue
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66224
Date of Service:
Sep 19 ,2018
Time of Service:
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Condolences

Bryan Hawley Sep 16 ,2018

Friend of Christopher ,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wish to express my condolences to Greg’s family and friends... Now God welcomes him home with new health and spirit!!!

Ritchie & SiewBing Sep 17 ,2018

in-laws ,Petaling Jaya

Dearest Chris & Ming Our deepest condolences to both of you and family. Your dad truly led a rich and fulfilled life, so blessed to have you as his on and daughter-in-law! May he rest in peace forever, safe in the arms of our Lord Jesus, and free from pain and suffering. Thoughts and prayers with you. Take care. With much love Ritchie & SiewBing

Barbara Fannen Miksch Sep 17 ,2018

Friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Vicki and Adam, I don’t know if you will remember me, but I have very fond memories of working with Adam when he was at Trailwood. My last name was Fannen at that time. I was so saddened to read about Greg’s illness and death. I wanted to share my condolences and this is the only way I could figure out how to do that. I am surprised I haven’t bumped into you any time over the last several years. I would love to hear about Adam and what he is doing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Fondly, Barbara Fannen Miksch

Tom Sprenkel Sep 18 ,2018

Friend of Family ,LEANDER ,Texas

I worked at Capitol Federal Savings when employees of Computer Concepts Corp. where moving into Overland Park. Walter, Greg's brother and I became friends. I want the family to know that I am very sorry to hear of Greg's death. Even though I did not know him well, I always heard very good things about him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.