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Don DeWees

October 27th, 1938 – November 3rd, 2020

Don DeWees, age 82 of Macomb, Illinois, formerly of Astoria, Illinois, passed away at 5:58 am Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at his home. He was born on October 27, 1938 in Cleveland, Tennessee, the son of Willard and Mary (Gilliland) DeWees. On June 19, 1960, Don married Betty Ann Cufaude in Mason City, Illinois. She survives.

Also surviving are his daughter, Julie DeWees of Macomb, two sons; Todd DeWees of Springfield, Illinois and Tim DeWees of Table Grove, Illinois, two grandchildren, Sydney DeWees and Jacob DeWees, both of Macomb, two brothers, Dave DeWees of Havana, Illinois and George DeWees of Lincoln, Illinois, and his brother-in-law Don Cufaude of East Moline, Illinois.

Don was preceded in death by one brother, Frank DeWees.

Don was a graduate of Havana High School in 1957 and Western Illinois University in 1964. A school teacher for 40 years, he began teaching at Deer Creek-Mackinaw for 3 years, then 37 years at Astoria High School, teaching Drivers Education and Health.

He was a registered football and basketball official since 1964. He coached for 9 years before he began officiating in 1973. He became certified in 1976 and began working play-offs and eventually officiating the state football championship game in 2001. He officiated many boys and girls basketball regional, sectional, and super-sectional games.

Don was a member of the Midwest Officials Association in Jacksonville, Illinois and the West Central Basketball Officials Association where he served as President and was rules chairman for basketball and football for 5 years.

He was very active in the Astoria community. He was a member of the Astoria United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Astoria Lions Club, serving as President from 1984-1985. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, initiated in 1974, passed on May 11, 1978, and raised on May 25, 1978. He served as Grand Master of the Astoria Lodge #100 AF & AM in 1983.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials in Don's memory may be given to the MDH Hospice or the Astoria Lions Club. Memorials may be sent to the funeral home at PO Box 525, Astoria, IL 61501.

Condolences


November 4th, 2020

So sorry..prayers and hugs! Bob n Rett

November 4th, 2020

Julie, so sorry for your loss. 😢

Lisa Waller

November 5th, 2020

So sorry for your loss Don was a good man.

November 5th, 2020

Betty Ann and family so sorry to hear the passing of Don. Your family was such good neighbors My boys respected him highly. My thoughts and prayers are with you . Lisa and Larry Bucher

November 5th, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Thought a lot of Don... Thoughts and prayers to all of the family. Dee Jones

November 5th, 2020

So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Praying God wraps you in his arms during this difficult time. Love you all, Laurie and Eric

November 5th, 2020

You will never be forgotten... prayers for Betty and family.”— Jon and Debbie Adkins

November 5th, 2020

Thinking of you all at this sad time. Mr. DeWees was one of a kind teacher. Precious Memories
Gary & , Beverly (Malott) Taylor

November 5th, 2020

Mr DeWees taught me a lot about growing up when I was in 7th grade in Deer Creek. Our whole class was very disappointed when he went to Astoria. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Greg Wagner

November 5th, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Rob and Jeanne Meehan

November 5th, 2020

Julie, deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. Sincerest thoughts and prayers for all of your family. Cheryl Matteson, Vermont, IL

November 5th, 2020

Betty Anne and family, So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Bob and Susie Bucher

November 5th, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Don was a great teacher and friend through the years.
David Naff

November 5th, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. Don was our class sponsor in school and also very good to work with on the Town Board. Thinking of all the family during this time. Brian Bucher

November 6th, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will never forget Don. He was a great teacher, coach and neighbor. Much live and hugs to all of you. KAND CLARK

November 6th, 2020

KANDY

November 6th, 2020

So sorry for your loss.
Don was a great help to me in learning to Teach and how to relate to students.
Mike Worman

November 6th, 2020

So very sorry for your loss! My whole family has so many fond memories of Mr. DeWees! Seriously, his words pop into my head every once in a while as I drive and I know for a fact my kids heard his voice when I taught them to drive! Rest In Peace dear man! You are loved by many!

November 6th, 2020

So many years later and I was thinking just the other day about, “Drivin’ like you’re pickin’ corn.” Mr. DeWees was a good man. So sorry for your loss. Tom Gunter

November 6th, 2020

So, so sorry for your loss. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. Don was a great guy! Many folks can remember how well he taught their children in school and coached and refereed them in sports. He will be missed. Mike and Donna Shirley

November 8th, 2020

Betty Anne and family. My thoughts are with you. You both were great neighbors when I moved into the neighborhood. May he rest in peace. Melanie Heaton

November 11th, 2020

Don was unique. Sorry for your loss.

November 11th, 2020

Rosemary perdew

November 17th, 2020

So sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was my coach in H.S. and a great one he was. I respected him immensely. I'll always remember him. Kerry Welker

November 23rd, 2020

Dear Bette, Juli, Todd and Tim,
I am so very sorry to see this. I had no idea Don was ill. Please except our late condolences.
God Bless
Linda and Patty Danner