NEWPORT NEWS - Dewey Lee Stinson Jr. died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at the Mennowood from complications attributable to Alzheimer's Disease.
Dewey was born Sept. 7, 1925, the son of Dewey L. Stinson and Bessie May McDearmon, at their home in Newport News.
Graduating from Newport News High School in 1943, he then attended the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. Soon after, Dewey voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1944. He was assigned to the 3rd Army, Company L, 358th Infantry during World War II. He was a Rifleman with a Combat Infantryman Badge. He received as a citation the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars. He participated in three major campaigns, Rhineland, Central Europe, and Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge).
Upon returning home from the War, Dewey completed his apprenticeship at the shipyard prior to enrolling at VPI under the GI Bill. Graduating from VPI, in 1952, with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, he returned to Newport News Shipbuilding, where his career extended until his retirement in 1976. He worked in various capacities, the last being Superintendent of the Steel Fabrication Division.
Dewey was a member of the Agathon Club, German Club, and a Free Mason. He served on the committee for the refurbishment of the current Peninsula Fine Arts building. In addition to his passionate and extensive knowledge on the history of the Civil War, and being a descendent of a Confederate Veteran, Dewey was a founding member of the Civil War Preservation Trust Association.
Dewey was also passionate about the landscaping and maintenance of his home in the Hidenwood area, surrounded by azaleas, rhododendron, and boxwoods.
Dewey was preceded in death by his wife, the former Gene Cynthia Crockett; and his grandson, Dewey L. Stinson IV.
He is survived by his sons and their families respectively, Dewey L. Stinson III and his wife, Marjorie Quarles Stinson and daughter, Sarah Jean Stinson, Mark A. Stinson and his wife, Cynthia Cooper Stinson and daughters, Jill Cynthia and Lee Anna; a brother, John C. 'Jack' Stinson and his sister-in-law, Betty Ann of Richmond; and nephew, Ashby Stinson and family.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Burial services will be private.
The family wishes to give our heartfelt thanks to all of the staff and caregivers at the Mennowood Retirement Community and their 'Comfort Cove' area. They all provided truly loving and dedicated support and care to Mr. Stinson for the last four years of his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are made to the Mennowood Foundation, Memory Support Fund, 13030 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23602. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.