OBITUARY

Edward Henry Dewes

February 10, 1931December 26, 2020

Edward Henry Dewes II, 89, of Bainbridge passes away on December 26, 2020, at Hendricks Regional Hospital.

Born on February 10, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the son of Norman Edward Dewes and Irma Gertrude Poepperling Dewes. He grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan with sister Betty Mullally and brother John Edward Dewes. Ed graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit High School and received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he met his future wife Cynthia Myra Oare Dewes. He served as a U.S. Army Lieutenant from 1954 until 1956 and is a Korean War veteran. Ed was a Registered Professional Engineer and worked at Allison Division of General Motors Corporation in Indianapolis for 38 years as a mechanical engineer and engineering supervisor, designing and building military transmissions.

Ed has a long history of service to others. He belonged to St. Monica Parish of Indianapolis, serving there as a Parish Council member, and after retirement to St. Paul the Apostle Parish of Greencastle. Ed was a Boy Scout during WWII, and as an adult became a Cub Master, Scoutmaster, and North District Camporee Chairman. He was awarded the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver by the Crossroads of America Boy Scout Council. Ed’s interests were in American history, model railroading, travel, and photography. He served as a volunteer for the U.S. Geographical Survey and Putnam County Library and was a docent for Indiana Landmarks. He was a participant of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, an organization to reenact the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He was the author of an “Atlas of the Fur Trade.” published in 2018, a lifetime labor of love. Ed Dewes died on December 26th, 2020 of Covid 19 at close to ninety years of age, after having lived a full and happy life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Betty Mullally, as well as two sons, Peter David (Sandee Schlosser) Dewes, and Andrew Paul Dewes, and will be buried next to his sons in Indianapolis. Ed is survived by his wife, Cynthia, whom he married on September 11, 1954. He is also survived by four children, William Edward (Dianne) Dewes of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Katherine (Johannes Stark) Dewes-Stark of Hamburg, Germany, James Arthur (Rita) Dewes of Indianapolis, Indiana, and John Norman (Susan) Dewes of North Augusta South Carolina, and by daughter-in-laws Sandee Schlosser and Janice Dewes. He has 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren (plus one deceased) to date, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A private funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church in Greencastle, Indiana, followed by burial at Washington Park Memorial Cemetery in Indianapolis. A Celebration of Life will be held in June. Contributions may be made to the Crossroads of America Boy Scout Council in Honor of Ed’s Life.

Please visit the Bittles & Hurt website for information on the upcoming Celebration of Life at www.BittlesandHurt.com.

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Su Bryant

January 6, 2021

I worked with Ed for 17 years in Military Transmissions. Ed was my good friend and one of the most respectful, professional and yet friendly gentlemen I've ever had the privilege of knowing. He loved his family tremendously, and work was always secondary to his family and his beloved wife, Cynthia. He was a gift to us and lived a beautifully successful life. I will always miss you Ed when we have retiree luncheons. Rest in peace; God has just received a great man in Heaven.

Steve Williamson

January 6, 2021

I met Ed several years ago at DePauw University where he would swim on a regular basis. We would share in some general conversation when I would see him at the pool. Generally, we would discuss how cold the water was in the pool. I would get a laugh out of him from time to time as he grumbled about the cold water. Sometimes he would mention trips that him and his wife would be taking to visit family. You could sense the joy in his voice as he talked about the upcoming trips. I could always count on seeing him each week as we swam and would be amazed as how determined he was to be active in swimming. I am grateful and blessed to have been given the opportunity to have met Ed. He will be missed.

Steve

Charlie Barker

January 5, 2021

I worked with Ed in the military transmission group for many years. I very much enjoyed working with Ed and consider him to be one of my greatest mentors from Allison.

Hannah Dewes

January 4, 2021

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Jack Dewes

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