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Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL

OBITUARY

Dr. Melvin G. Dewey

January 26, 1934January 2, 2018
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Dr. Melvin G. Dewey, 83, of Peoria, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at his residence. He was born on January 26, 1934 in Leroy, Illinois to Chester and Mary (Stahley) Dewey. He married Laura Childress-Conroy on August 2, 1975 in Peoria, Illinois. She survives.

Also surviving are 10 children, Kim (Debra) Conroy of Dacula, Georgia, Theresa (Mark) Headley of Germantown Hills, Illinois, Mary Kelly (John) O’Flaherty of Chatham, Illinois, Linda (Scott) Johnstone of Spring Bay, Illinois, Lynn (Dan) Selke of Spring Bay, Illinois, Scott (Judy) Dewey of Quincy, Illinois, Jon Dewey of Peoria, Illinois, Mike (Samantha) Conroy of Peoria, Illinois, Ann (Ralph) Early of Homer Glen, Illinois and Steve Conroy of Washington, Illinois; 22 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He has one sister surviving, Lois (Roy) Bennett of St. Louis, Missouri and one sister-in-law, Nancy Dewey of Paxton, Illinois. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary McMurray and two brothers, Joe and Eugene Dewey.

Dr. Dewey designed and opened the Pioneer Pet Clinic in Peoria in November of 1968. He was the veterinarian there for 38 years before retiring in 2006. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois in 1959 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He was a charter member of the Dean’s Club of the University of Illinois, past president of the University of Illinois Veterinary Alumni Association and was a past president of the Veterinary Association. He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club in Peoria. Melvin was an U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany as a Captain where he was Honorably Discharged in 1968.

He was loved greatly by his family, friends and those he served throughout his life in his profession and community service.

A celebration of life service will be held at Noon, Saturday, December 6, 2018 at the Davison Fulton Woolsey Wilton Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until services at Noon. The Family would like for those attending to write a fond memory of Dr. Dewey to be shared which will be read by a celebrant at the service. Entombment will be in the Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria with military honors. Memorials may be made to PAWS or to the American Heart Association . You may create an online condolence at www.woolsey-wilton.com.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 6, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 6, 2018

Memories

Dr. Melvin G. Dewey

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Cathy Kind

August 17, 2019

Dr. Dewey was so special and kind. When our beloved dog, Manfred was poisoned by lawn care products, he stayed up all night with him and let me know first thing in the morning he had made it through the night. My husband and I were newly married, he was going back to school and I was working two jobs. I’ll never know for sure, but I believe he always gave us a discount. We think of him often. He exemplified what is good in people.

Janese Craps

January 10, 2018

Doc was one of the best neighbors a person could want. He always had a smile and a story. We will miss seeing him on the deck listening to his beloved Cubs. Sending sympathy to a wonderful family.

Elizabeth Stroup

January 9, 2018

My family went to Dr.Dewey as long as I can remember. He was so soft spoken, gentle with each animal. So many visits , tears shead at the office. I remember taking our two oldest pets there. Getting a speeding ticket on the way with a sick 16 cat, with diarrhea in my new car. It was time for our old boy. He passed quietly. Dr. You will have so may fur babies waiting for you at heavens gates. You will never know how much you were adored , appreciated and respected. Rip old friend.

Lenda Marshall

January 6, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of Dr. Dewey's passing. He was the best vet! I took my Weimaraner to him, and I think Dr. Dewey developed a fondness for Amos. He was a wonderful man. With deepest sympathy for your loss.

Mary Carlson

January 6, 2018

Laurie, may God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult time. Thinking of you.
With sincere sympathy,

Peter Nash

January 5, 2018

RIP Dr. Dewey! Your gentile nature and love for our pets will always be remembered by me and our family. Remember when you first opened your doors on Chanute Rd., directly across the street from my dads office. Our oldest dog Winston would walk in your open front door and lay in the back room while you did your thing with other pets needing attention. He loved you and you really liked him!! Thank you for everything you did for our family + Winston, Scottie and Zsa-Zsa, and numerous cats/kittens!!!

Ben Miller

January 5, 2018

Laurie,
Patti and I are so sorry. Mel meant so much to us.I have so many memories of the times we had together and the jokes we shared,I wouldn't know where to begin. The first time I met Mel was around 1979 when I brought my little Doberman to him for a check-up. As I was leaving he asked me if I would like to go to one of the Kid's Wedding Reception. I think he felt sorry for me.
Just think of all of the furry friends that he helped along the way that are in Heaven greeting him now. He was such a kind man. I really looked up to him.

Ben and Patti Miller

Karla Schmidt

January 4, 2018

R.I.P.

January 4, 2018

We just want the family to know how much we appreciated and loved Dr. Dewey. He was our vet for many years until his retirement. He did so much for us and our pets. He saved our puppy's leg (Dusty) when he was hit by a car and took care of many of our fur-babies. To his family... be proud. He was a wonderful man and loved by many.

Sandi & Dave Landers

Karla Schmidt

January 4, 2018

RIP Dr. Dewey! You were the best vet ever. I still miss you when a problem comes up with my animals. Such a kind and compassionate man. Your shoes will never be filled by anyone! Sincerely, Karla.

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