Donald Dewein

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Donald C. Dewein, 88, formerly of Swansea, IL, born April 8, 1933, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, August 23, 2021, at Festus Manor Nursing Home in Festus, MO.

Mr. Dewein’s family owned and operated Dewein’s Garage & Towing Service, formerly in Belleville.  Don attended SIU-Carbondale and majored in music, where he was president of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity.  He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy where his musical talents were showcased.  Upon returning home, he worked for the family business, met his wife, and built a family, and became a talented truck painter known for the precision and detail in his work.  Don’s love for all things music, model airplanes, VW bugs named Herbie, and working in his gardens will be forever cherished by his loved ones.

Don was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Judith (nee Cange) Dewein, whom he married on October 9, 1965, and who died on January 21, 2006; his parents, Irvin W. and Elizabeth (nee Hessler) Dewein; and a sister-in-law, Betty Sue McCauley.

He is survived by a son, Jeffrey (Mary) Dewein of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; a daughter, Renee (Michael) Chapman of St. Louis, MO; and three grandchildren, Collin and Ethan Chapman and Carmenmarie Dewein.

Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen ( for breast cancer research, in honor of his late wife.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 28, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  Masks will be required.

Funeral:  Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 28, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  Masks will be required.

Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


9 Comments on Donald Dewein

marilyn glasscock said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2021 at 10:28 PM

hi Renee and Jeff and my sympathy to you and your families. Came to their home so many times to take your Mom on some adventure. Of course your dad engaged us in conversation on some subject of course. They both had such good and unforgettable laughs. I still miss your Mom, but she had to be there waiting for him I'm sure.....

  • belleville
  • IL
Pattie Layman(Kueker) said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2021 at 3:51 PM

I am so sorry to hear about Don, but now he can be with Judy. He had the best smile, even when things were a challenge. We grew up next to them in the neighborhood and we spent time with Renee and Jeff when we were younger, Many hugs to your family and prayers for peace, comfort and every time you think of him, he will be near.

  • Illinois
Laurie & Chuck Jarrett said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2021 at 11:55 AM

Jeff and Renee I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I remember your father at family gatherings - when we still had them. I didn't know him well but I know he meant a lot to my mother (Shirley Hessler Petring) and my aunt (Kathy Hessler Zeid). You are in my thoughts and heart this weekend.

  • Oro Valley
  • AZ
Michelle Silies said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2021 at 11:16 AM

Sending much love and heartfelt wishes for peace, strength and wonderful memories of your father, grandfather and family member during this time of loss. Don was a character and loved to laugh and smile. He will be greatly missed, but you will carry a part of him with you always.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Norton & Kathy Zeid said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2021 at 9:51 PM

Don was a remarkable person. He had so many talents and was such a people person. He was a good cousin and will be missed.

  • Congerville
  • IL
Carol Boone said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2021 at 12:15 AM

Think of you & family at this time. And remembering the good times I had with your Mom & Don's always smiling. Keep the memories in your heart, you have wonderful Angels watching over you ???

  • Ofallon
  • IL.
Mary brakefield said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2021 at 8:21 PM

Good by handsome. Gonna miss seeing that. Face. Fly high your free an out of pain thought an prayers for your family. God speed

  • Bloomsdale
  • Mo
Rick Foree said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2021 at 2:43 PM

Don has been a good friend for many years, Having grown up across the street from Judy and Suzy, I met Don during their courtship, worked for him part time as I was going to school and maintained a wonderful relationship over all of these years. I’m sure Don is with Judy, who always had a smile that brightened the earth. Both will be greatly missed. Jeff, Renee, I know the hardship in losing loved ones, particularly parents. Remember the good times and may they carry you through these tough times. With my most sincere sympathy, Rick Foree

  • Midlothian
  • Texas
Tom & Mary Dewein said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2021 at 1:53 PM

Dear Renee, Jeff and family, We were so sorry to hear about your father's death. Now he will be with Judy and he'll be very happy about that. May he Rest In Peace. Love to you all, Tom & Mary Dewein

  • Belleville
  • IL

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