Born: June 15, 1930; in Sac County, Iowa
Died: March 23, 2014; in Geneva
GENEVA – Duane C. "Dewey" Thayer, 83, of Geneva, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born June 15, 1930, in Sac County, Iowa, the son of William Guy and Frances (Wagner) Thayer.
Dewey was raised in Odebolt, Iowa, graduating from Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa). He received his master's degree in education from the University of Iowa
. Dewey began his teaching career in Springville, Iowa, where he spent eight years teaching at the junior and senior high school eventually becoming principal. He then moved to Rockford where he was principal at Winnebago High School for two years. Eventually, Dewey and his family moved to Geneva and he accepted the principal position at West Chicago Jr. High School where he spent 23 years.
Dewey also worked at Viking Office Supply for 13 years. He served a term on the Geneva School Board, was past president of the Geneva Community Memorial Center and was a member of the Geneva Lions Club and longtime member of Fox Valley Presbyterian Church. Dewey was an avid New York Yankees and Iowa Hawkeyes fan, enjoyed watching Geneva High School sports and was a strong supporter of girls basketball. He loved reading, traveling, cooking and playing cards. Some of his fondest memories were spending time at his log cabin in Lake Camelot in Wisconsin. Dewey's greatest enjoyment in life, however, was spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Betty (Barnes); three daughters Teri (Bill) Koehn, Julie (Tim) Tokars and Nancy (Terry) Koehn, all of Geneva; eight grandchildren Lindsey (Trevor) Huettemann of Elburn, Christopher Koehn of Geneva, Jack, Carey and Matt Tokars of Geneva, Ericka (Ben) Sunday of North Aurora and Makayla and Olivia Koehn of Geneva; and many dear nieces, nephews and friends. Dewey is also survived by his friend and caregiver Chris Maningo.
Dewey was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Lyle, brother Robert Thayer and granddaughter Lisa Koehn.
Funeral service for Dewey will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive in Geneva with Rev. Loy Williams officiating.
Burial will be held privately at Oak Hill Cemetery in Geneva.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva.
Memorials may be sent to CNS Home Health and Hospice, 0S050 Winfield Rd., Suite 200, Winfield, IL 60190, Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 East Side Drive, Geneva, IL 60134 or a
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