Harold Dean Hewett, of the Presbyterian Village, Fort Scott, died Friday morning, March 13, 2009, at his residence. He was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Farlington, Kan., the son of Ivan E. Hewett and Ethel Williams Hewett. Dean was a 1936 graduate of Girard High School and attended Kansas State Teachers College, Pittsburg. He married Mary Jean Armstrong on Sept. 16, 1945, at Fort Scott. Dean served from 1942 to 1946 as Lieutenant in the United States Navy during World War II. He was retired as business manager for Shepherd Team Auto. Dean was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as lay member to Conference and Sunday School Teacher. He also was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club, past president of the U-234 Board of Education, served as vice president of the Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College, and past president of the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a board member of Fort Scott Industries, Mercy Hospital Lay Advisory Board and Mercy Hospital Auxiliary board. In his earlier years, Dean excelled playing baseball and sang on many occasions as a quartet member with his father and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife Mary, of the home in Presbyterian Village; one son, Jeffrey D. Hewett and wife Mary Beth; one daughter, Jananne McLaughlin and husband Leslie, all of Midland, Texas; and five grandchildren, Andrew McLaughlin, Evan McLaughlin, Mary McLaughlin, David Hewett and Eleanor Hewett. Dean was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Ann Hewett; two sisters, Blanche Hewett and Ruth McFall; and two brothers, Clifford Hewett and Don Hewett.
The Rev. Paul Babcock will conduct funeral services at 11 a.m., Monday in the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in U.S. National Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by Post No. 1165 V.F.W. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, at Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to either the First United Methodist Church or the Fort Scott Community College Endowment Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of comfort may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.