Dean Hokanson, Sr.

Private Family Services.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to All Saints Episcopal Church.


Dean Hokanson Sr: beloved son of Dean and Mary, husband to Susie, brother to Monie Thompson, father to Bubba and Beau, father-in-law to Michelle, grandfather to Cole, uncle to Grant and Adam Thompson and larger than life cousin to the Butterfield family.

As a talented athlete his prowess on the football led to a football career that started at Central High School then K-State as a Wildcat and University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dean remained a loyal benefactor and supporter of all three programs throughout his life.

With little prospect of playing for the Chicago Bears he embarked on his professional career at Allied Insurance with his partner in crime Sandy Freidman. After selling the company he began his successful venture as a real estate broker, developer, investor and advisor in 1984 as Executive Vice President and shareholder at CBRE/Mega.  In 2016 Dean was inducted into the CRE Summit Hall of Fame recognizing the outstanding men and women of the local community who have made an impact on the commercial real estate industry based on the most influential deal and developments which helped to transform the community.

He is admired for his tireless work ethic, constant positivity, determination, drive and will but above all for his humanity and generous spirit. Many of these qualities he learned at a young age as an altar boy at Trinity Cathedral and later exemplified in various lay positions at All Saints Episcopal church.

His hobbies included staying healthy and fit with a vigorous exercise routine and pushing the golf ball from one side of the fairway to the other. Watching Saturday football was a favorite pastime with family and friends.

Dean was married to his beloved wife Susie for 52 years and lovingly proud of his two sons and grandson for the men they have become.

The family would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers. Please know that it is sincerely appreciated during our time of greatest need.

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Remembering Dean’s wit as he many times would answer their home phone with: “Hoks’ Hall of Fame. Who in the hall do you want?”



  • Brock Emery Posted February 6, 2021 7:14 am

    Dean was one of my greatest mentors. I miss him and will continue to miss him dearly.

  • Trenton B. Magid Posted February 6, 2021 12:16 pm

    Dean was always a kind, professional and generous person. I had the pleasure of working with him when I started in the commercial real estate business 27 years ago. He was always very giving of his time and knowledge to younger brokers. He will always be remembered as a wonderful and positive person who dearly loved his family and friends. Thank you Dean for you’re positive impact and contributions to our community. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Doni Brainard Posted February 7, 2021 8:01 am

    More than sincere sympathy goes to Dean’s family. I only knew Bubba through working with him, but may he know my thoughts are with him and his family. We shared a few personal trials and it still remains a memory. Dean was a kind and thoughtful person; and he will be missed by all of you. May God bless all of you and your family!

  • Dianne Desler Posted February 7, 2021 12:12 pm

    I appreciated Dean as the instance agent for my family early in his very successful career. My sympathy to his family..

  • Al Pallone Posted February 7, 2021 5:40 pm

    Dino always a smile & a laugh – when I needed insurance I went to him and got set up – Thks my old team mate 🙏🏿🏈🙏🏿

  • Sharon Palagi Jones Posted February 8, 2021 12:22 pm

    Dean and Susie will always be in my heart. They were my dearest friends for 35+ years. I shall love them as long as I live and look forward to being together with them in paradise. May your family find peace knowing that they will be together for eternity in God’s loving arms.

  • Seth Campbell Posted February 9, 2021 10:15 am

    DeanO was the best. No matter the age difference he treated you as an equal and a friend. He was one for the ages that will forever be missed.

  • Marlee Kopecky Posted February 9, 2021 10:32 am

    Having known Dean for 34 years, I thought he was the nicest, hardest working, most thoughtful man. He always had a smile on his face. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him and socializing with him!!!! So many great memories. He will be missed and my heart goes out to Bubba, Missy, Beau and all the Hokanson family!!

    • Bill Dana Posted February 16, 2021 11:15 pm

      Very well said Marlee. I agree ☝️

      Dean RIP. Bill

  • Patrick Stibbs Posted February 10, 2021 7:16 pm

    Dean – I cant even begin to thank you for being such a great friend. I’m going to miss those times we would have lunch in your office, coming up with crazy promotions for Southport. But right now, I’m just missing my friend. Godspeed to you, sir.

  • Robin Turner and Family Posted February 11, 2021 8:10 pm

    Our thoughts are prayers go out to all the Hokanson Family.

  • Pam Barsness Posted February 17, 2021 12:25 pm

    I am so sorry. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

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