John Willey Dean
- Born: 26 Dec 1847, Beverly, Randolph County, Virginia
- Died: 21 Aug 1905 at age 57
- Buried: Rebel's Cove, Putnam County, Missouri
Other names for John were Bill and J. W.
John Willey Dean was educated at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa before the family moved to Putnam County, Missouri in the spring of 1871. "Bill" studied law under his father and was admitted to the bar by Judge Andrew Ellison. He also served several terms as justice of the peace and treasurer of his township.
He was a writer of more than ordinary ability of both prose and poetry. He was editor of the Unionville, Missouri Investigator for a brief period in 1887 before that newspaper's demise. His poems appeared in the Western Plowman, Burlington, Iowa Saturday Evening Post and leading papers of the midwest.
He became a member of the United Brethren Church about 1890 and believed "without holiness no man shall see the Lord". His health began to fail about 1903 but he remained cheerful and hoped to recover.
In August of 1905, he went to Oskaloosa, Iowa to attend a camp meeting of the church and was stricken with dysentery. His brother-in-law F. S. Ball, was notified by telegraph and he went to Oskaloosa, but found him beyond recover.