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FOWLER – Richard Alden "Duke" Dewell, 97, died Sunday, August 24, 2014, at the Meade District Hospital in Meade.

He was born April 25, 1917 to Ralph W. and Dorothy (Schellhamer) Dewell in Fowler.

He married Melva Heinz on Aug. 4, 1941 in Fowler. She survives.

As a young boy he attended the Fowler school system, graduating from Fowler High School in 1936.

He later attended trade school in California receiving his training in diesel mechanics.

In 1942, he joined the United States Army serving during World War II in the European Theater of Operation in the 858th Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company as a mechanic.  After his discharge he returned to Fowler.

In 1946 he, along with Bill Dewell and Joe Finkeldei formed DFD Motors in Fowler. He later returned to farming and Duke and Bill renamed the business Dewell Motor Company where he was a mechanic and shop supervisor for the business until his retirement at the age of 73.

He was a member of the Kiwanis International, American Legion, a founder and troop leader for Boy Scouts of America, and served as the mayor of Fowler in late 1950's.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, Jeeps, and was instrumental in the annual coon feed in Fowler.

Other survivors include his children: Larry Dewell, Fowler, Dan Dewell, Fowler, Jo Cox and husband, Jeff, Hugoton and  Dave Dewell and wife, Janice, Tulsa, Okla.; three brothers: Ray Dewell, Winfield, Halbert Dewell, Branson, Mo., and Jim Dewell, Ponder, Texas; three sisters: Marcy Hoffman, Dodge City, Mudge Eaton, Overland Park, and Patty Fisher, Bucklin; seven grandchildren: Angie, Richie and Michelle, Jeremy, Aubrey, Layna, Lucas, and Elizabeth; three step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren, Makenzie and Brayton Dewell; and eight step-great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill and Lyman Dewell; sister, Mary Dewell; and daughter-in-law, Sherry Dewell.

• Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 29, 2014, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Fowler, with Father Ted Skalsky presiding.

Burial will follow in the Fowler Cemetery with military honors.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary in Meade.

Memorials are suggested to the Fowler Community Alliance or the Fowler Recreation Commission in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com

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