The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Obituaries

May 6, 2014

Dale A. Hewitt

DICKINSON, Texas — Dale A. Hewitt, 88, formerly of Paris, passed away May 3, 2014, at his home in Dickinson, Texas.

Mr. Hewitt was born in Georgetown on April 27, 1926, the son of the late Melvin and Mignonetti (Brazelton) Hewitt.

He married Clara “Jackie” Jacobs in January of 1954. She survives.

Other survivors include his two children, James (Tracie) Hewitt of Paris and Robert Hewitt of Dickinson, Texas; a brother, Ray (Fay) Hewitt of Catlin; his grandchildren, Lindsey Hewitt and Nathan Hewitt, both of Paris, whom he loved and adored and was very proud of them both; two sisters-in-law, Winona “Toby” Williams of Catlin and Anne Hewitt of Tennessee; nieces, Crystal (Gary) Carter, Janice (Greg) Dirks, Susan Hewitt, Diane and Karen; nephews, David Hewitt, Mark Hewitt and many others; two cousins, Peggy Mosher and John Lomax; and friend Joe Amerman, who made him laugh.

Dale was a member of Pleasant Mound Church of Christ in Georgetown. He served in the U.S. Navy beginning on July 18, 1944, as (signalman) Amphibious part of Navy, mostly on LSMS and LSTS throughout the Pacific and Atlantic. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois (Go Fighting Illini) and continued his studies from the University of Arizona. During Hewitt’s career with the Extension Services (farm adviser) he served as treasurer, vice president and president of the state professional organization with the Illinois Extension Advisory Association and belonged to the National Association of Country Agricultural Agent, serving as treasurer from 1978-1980, and the boards of NACAA and IAA.

His accomplishments have included a distinguished service award in 1968 from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, chairman of the state 4-H advisory committee from 1956 to 1962, FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Award in 1967, Community Hospital Planner Committee and Design Team, and involvement in the local Rotary, Farm Bureau Board, Little League baseball, Kiwanis Early Risers, Mason, Thanksgiving fellowship, treasurer of Crestwood PTA and president of the Paris YMCA during $650,000 building fund campaign.

Dale really enjoyed all the visits from great friends and the great times he had over the last few years.

Graveside services will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Oakridge Cemetery in Catlin, with military rites conducted by David Busby Catlin American Legion Post 776. Darren Johnson will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Edgar County 4H Association. Robison Chapel in Catlin is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences at: www.robisonchapel.com.

 

 

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