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Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home

577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL

OBITUARY

Gary Edward Dewel

April 9, 1942October 26, 2019
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Gary Edward Dewel, 77, died peacefully in his home beside his wife, Diana, on October 26, 2019. Gary was born in Kalamazoo, MI, moved to Hapeville, GA where he met his first wife Margaret and graduated from Georgia State University in 1964. Gary began his career in management at Ford Motor Company. Gary went on to spend 35 years in extensive supply chain and change management positions at Ford Motor, International Harvester, Navistar, Monsanto, and Solutia. In 1999, he retired from Solutia as the Vice President Supply Chain & Corporate Officer. Gary survived Margaret’s 2008 passing and remarried Diana in 2012 where they retired to Marco Island, FL. He was an avid golfer, reader, and entertainer. Gary enjoyed travel, time with his children, and grandchildren. Gary was a humble man, with impeccable principles, who positively impacted the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to know him. Gary loved to meet people. One of his greatest joys was striking up a conversation and making a new friend. He enjoyed robust conversations centered around politics and religion.

Gary is predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Annetta Dewel, and first wife Margaret. Left to cherish his memory and continue his legacy are his wife of 7 years, Diana; his brother, Steve, his two daughters; Christine and husband Tim, Julia and husband Will; his grandchildren, Charlie, Sam, Ellie, Katie, and Owen. When Gary married Diana he felt blessed because his family gained stepchildren and step grandchildren.

We will be celebrating Gary’s journey through life on Friday, November 1, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with a reception at the church following the service. Additionally, a second Celebration of Life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 130 North West Street, Wheaton, IL 60187 on June 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew’s House 2601 Airport Road South, Naples, Florida 34112

Services

19 June

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm

Trinity Episcopal Church

130 North West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

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Denise DeDinas

November 10, 2019

Diana, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers

Denise DeDinas

Charles Wilcox

October 31, 2019

We've been blessed by our friendship with Gary and his family since the late '70s, including his lovely wife, Diana more recently. Trinity Episcopal Church in Wheaton, IL was the first factor in common, followed immediately by the discovery that three of us shared April 1942 birthdays, resulting in our celebrating together every five years. We also enjoyed a number of holiday celebrations together with their two daughters and ours. We can confirm everything others have written about Gary, a man of many talents, thoughtfulness, integrity, his sense of fairness and his love for his family. Despite heavy responsibilities in his work places, he always found time to talk things over with others and to give freely of his time toward "good works" and advancing the notion that others matter. May God bless and keep him and may Chris, Julie and Diana find solace in the wake of his passing.

Carol Chaconas

October 30, 2019

Diana. So sorry for your loss. My prayers are for you. May his memory be eternal. Carol

Jon Hunt

October 30, 2019

We were fortunate to have known Gary and Margie for many years through Trinity Church. Gary was one of the finest, truest gentleman we’ve ever known and his integrity is certainly one of the great inheritances he leaves to his two wonderful daughters, Christy and Julie. Know that we are thinking of you all and that our prayers go out to the entire Dewel family. Love from us both!

Kris and Jon Hunt

Marge Klasa

October 29, 2019

Beautiful picture of Diana and Gary at Marco Men's Club Dinner Dance. You can see the love!

Betsy French

October 29, 2019

Diana,
I am so sorry to hear of your husband, Gary's, passing. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. Although this is far too soon for him to be gone I hope the time you two were able to spend with each other will continue to bless you with precious memories. You are thought of often and missed up here.
Praying for you and Gary's family.
Betsy French

Michael J. Medved

October 28, 2019

Lorraine and I were very saddened to hear of Gary’s passing and offer our sincere condolences to Diana and the whole Dewel family. To know Gary, was to know that you had a true friend and a good golfing partner. He will be missed by all.
We will keep Diana and the family in our prayers .

Bill Bubbico

October 28, 2019

Ann and I are so deeply saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary was a pillar in our Sands community and made us feel welcome and ‘at home’ from our first meeting.
We will truly miss him, and we pray that Diana and their collective families find strength and comfort in their memories.

Marge Klasa

October 28, 2019

Having the honor and privilege of knowing Gary through his lovely wife Diana, has been inspirational. His kindness and thoughtfulness will be missed by all of us, and the love he shared with his wife and with friends, is immeasurable. A true gentleman will be missed but never forgotten.

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