Lt. Col. Kenneth V. Deans (1912-2010) was born and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Deans attended the University of St. Thomas and in 1939, joined the Army. In 1941, he was transferred to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and was present during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Deans served out the war in the Pacific Theater, and in 1945, he was transferred to Fort Bliss/White Sands, New Mexico, to work on rocket development. From 1946-1949, Deans served in Germany, before returning stateside to service in New Jersey and Arlington, Virginia. In 1952, Deans was transferred back to White Sands and in 1955 he was transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 76 Field Artillery Battalion. Following retirement from the Army, he took a position at Control Data in St. Paul, Minnesota.