James L. "Dewey" Dewhirst

May 18, 1932July 2, 2019

James L. “Dewey” Dewhirst, 87, of New Sewickley Township, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. He was born on May 18, 1932 in New Brighton, son of the late Floyd and Emma (Bork) Dewhirst. Dewey proudly served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from St. Joe Minerals, Monaca. In his leisure, Dewey was an avid reader of History Books and Western Novels, enjoyed working crossword puzzles and maintained a number of bird feeders around his property. In addition to his parents, Dewey was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years: Murle (Hamman) Dewhirst in 2015; his daughter: Sharen Glass in 2001; his son: Daniel Dewhirst in 2011; three brothers: Floyd, Mike and Charles. He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law: Linda Bible, Freedom; Joyce (Rick) Pale, Cranberry Township; seven grandchildren: Matthew, Stacy, Briar, Marie, Alex, R.J. and Brittany; seven great grandchildren: Taryn, Brandon, Josh, Declan, Bradley, Landon and Madelyn; and one great great grandson: Declan; three sisters and a brother-in-law: Helen Turek, Beaver Falls; Betty McKinnis, Beaver Falls and Dorothy (Dick) Murray, Phoenix, AZ; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. In honor of his wishes, cremation arrangements are by SAUL-GABAUER FUNERAL HOME, INC., Rochester. A committal service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019 in the upstairs chapel of the Sylvania Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum, 273 Route 68, Rochester, PA 15074. Military Honors by members of the Beaver County Special Unit will be presented at 11 a.m. with prayers of committal to follow. On line condolences may be offered at


  • Military Honors Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, July 13, 2019


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Diana (Wolfe) Sillence

July 17, 2019

I believe I could write a book on Jim; he was so amazing! I've known him all my life since my sister married him. Murle and Jim appeared to be the "perfect" marriage especially marrying a woman with a two-year-old child. After a few years, three more children emerged!

I always enjoyed our visits; filled with laughter, food; and warm, loving feelings. Jim was always a "go with the flow" kind of man. During family visits, he kept "calm" during chaos with the kids. Yes, indeed, he was a family man.
Since I moved to Florida, visits and holidays were always very special! They certainly enjoyed eating and showering the children with presents!! Jim was happy to support the family with love!

When Murle got sick, he took care of her for over fifteen (15) years! Jim amazed everyone how he coped with her mental and physical issues that evolved, getting worse and worse; especially during the last five (5) years! Murle was lucky to have such a devoted, loving husband!! He was a perfect example of how a man should treat his wife during sickness! I personally don't know how he persevered! But no matter what happened during his life, he would just make jokes, bringing laughter to all around! What a true gift!

The ceremony last Saturday was profoundly special with honor of his service to our Country in the Korean war. I was so touched after that, I knew I couldn't speak.

Jim had a tough life but found ways to joke about difficult life circumstances (he studied George Carlin)! He could have been a stand-up comic! When we talked on the phone, it was usually one (1) to two (2) hours; laughing the whole time!!
I will certainly miss him and I'm glad I had the honor of knowing such a great American Hero, a loving and devoted husband; and steadfast, strong example of a family man!