Russell E. Hewitt (1921 - 2014)

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Russell E. Hewitt, 93, of Vandalia, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Vandalia.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Terry Westerfield officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church. Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia or First United Methodist Church in Vandalia. Online condolences may be shared at www.millerfh.net.
Mr. Hewitt was born on Sept. 12, 1921, in Vandalia, the son of William R. and Beulah Branham Hewitt. He married Juanita Vivian McLemore on July 9, 1943, in Troy, Kan.; she passed away on April 7, 2006. He later married Pauline "Polly" Hopkins; she passed away on Dec. 10, 2011.
He was a retired teacher, including a lifelong building trades teacher in the Vandalia School District. He served as athletic director and was an avid coach in many sports, including wrestling, tennis and football. He was also a teacher at Vandalia Correctional Center, and a former employee of Leo Brown Lumber and First National Bank, both in Vandalia. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Methodist Men and served as a Sunday school teacher. He was a member of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M., and a member of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95, serving as the post chaplain. He worked for the Vandalia Park District as athletic director and Vandalia Swimming Pool manager, was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and was a member of the Vandalia Lions Club, FAYCO Board and Fayette County Board. He was also known as a local carpenter, and was a World War II Army veteran.
He is survived by his daughters, Janet Smith of Vandalia, Barbara and her husband Jim Behrends of Vandalia, and Joyce Pennington of Vandalia; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Vivian Steinbauth of Winston-Salem, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; a son, William R. Hewitt; a daughter, Dr. Becky Hewitt; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Published in The Leader-Union from Nov. 10 to Nov. 19, 2014
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