Donnie W. Dewees 1936-2018

NEWTON FALLS — Donnie W. Dewees, 81, of Newton Falls, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018, at his home, surrounded by loving family.

Donnie was born on Nov. 9, 1936, in Nitro, W.Va., to the late Eugene Clair and Margie Davis Dewees.

He was a proud Navy Veteran.

He retired from General Motors Corp. in Lordstown, Union Local 1714, after 30 years. He and his wife Peggy were owners of Mulligan’s Pub in Newton Falls.

Donnie enjoyed sports, especially the Cleveland Indians and Browns, playing golf, poker, pool, fishing and spending winters in Florida. He cared deeply for his friends and his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he teased relentlessly. And he loved to argue politics.

Donnie is survived by Margaret “Peggy” Brock, his wife of 55 years. Together, they raised four children, son Donald “Bud” and daughters, Mary (Omar) Tatman, Margie (Frank) Hanzes and Barb Dewees (Dave First), all of Newton Falls; his grandchildren, Dawn (Paul), Ciara (Rory), Donnie, Madeline (Ricky), Maggie, Lily, Elizabeth, Veronica, Frankie, Gina and Jaclyn; and his great-grandchildren, Kadynce, Sophia, Klyde, Athena, Christina, Scott, Zachary, Larry and DeLaena.

Donnie was preceded in death by a son, Joseph John; brothers, Eugene (Shirbie), Jerry (Judith), Michael (Donnarae) and Glen; sister, Reathel Cochran; and great-granddaughter, Quinn McCalmont.

Friends may call 4 to 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where a memorial service will immediately follow at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that all donations please be made to the Animal Welfare League, 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road SE, Vienna, OH 44473, in memory of Donnie Dewees.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, 330-872-5440.

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