Dewey Marion Erlwein Jr.
February 17, 1930 – December 5, 2018
Dewey Erlwein, age 88, died at Gilchrist Hospice in Columbia, Maryland on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Born on February 17th, 1930 Seattle, Washington, Dewey lived in New Mexico and Utah, before settling in Washington State. He and his wife, Marilyn retired in Independence, Oregon before returning to Washington State. Dewey lived the last five years in Maryland (mostly) with his daughter Maxine. Dewey spent 35 years at Boeing as a chemical engineer specializing in corrosion and traveled the United States and the world to consult on engineering projects. After retirement, Boeing called him back to work on the International Space Station in Huntsville, Alabama. A lifelong pilot, Dewey spent decades as an instructor and made many family plane trips including trips to Colorado and Alaska. An avid outdoorsman, Dewey loved camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, crabbing, and clam digging. He loved music and dancing, and played the saxophone and clarinet beautifully. In his younger years, he formed a band and performed often. After retirement, he authored two books: The Colony and the Cavemen, and Skytribe. Those who knew Dewey also know he loved food. He ate everything with gusto, and had an astonishing appetite. When given a choice, he always wanted seafood. He also loved making people smile and "making them happy." He was very social, the "hot dance ticket" at dances, and loved flirting with everyone. He loved his family deeply. In the last year, he greatly enjoyed Hannah and her daughter, Hayden. He was over the moon for his namesake, Keegan Dewey. Survivors include his brother, Ron; daughters Gaylene and Maxine, grandsons Matt and Kyle, great grandson Tristan, and numerous and well-loved cousins, nephews, and nieces. Dewey is preceded in death by his spouse, Marilyn, his son Andy, and his grandsons Christian and Andrew.