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Edwin Dewlen


1922 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Edwin Dewlen went to be with the Lord and joined his wife of 62 years, Bettie, on Friday, June 22, 2012. Ed was born in Wiley, Colo., on July 3, 1922, to Edith (Sanford) and Earl Dewlen. He spent most of his youth on the family farm near Independence, Kan. He attended high school and junior college in Coffeyville, Kan., where he met Bettie Hey. Ed went to work for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., in 1942 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Army Air Corps.
During the war, he served in the south Pacific and Philippines until his honorable discharge in 1945 when the war ended. After leaving the Army, he returned to Coffeyville and married Bettie in December 1945. He went to work in the retail shoe business, and in 1946 accepted a job with J.C. Penney. In 1957 he was transferred to Alamogordo as the assistant manager of the new J.C. Penney store there. In 1968 he started his own shoe business - Dewlen's Shoes - and worked with Bettie there until they both retired in 1984. He and Bettie were longtime members of Grace United Methodist Church in Alamogordo.
During his 50 years in Alamogordo, Ed was a member of Rotary, the Elks, the Masonic Lodge and the Shrine, where he was very active in the clown unit. His clown name was "Snuffy," and he loved to dress up and participate in the parades and service projects that the clowns provided. He became quite proficient at making balloon animals, and the children always gathered around him asking for their favorite animal. One of his favorite places to go was the local Tiny Tim Center. He and Bettie were also volunteers with Meals on Wheels for many years.
After retiring, Ed and Bettie purchased a Vogue motor home and spent many years traveling the country. They were involved in the Vogue Motor Coach Club and Ed even served as the president for two years. Ed was always an avid fisherman, but also took up woodcarving after retirement and became very good at it. At one point he entered three of his carvings in the county fair and ended up taking the first, second and third place ribbons.
Ed is survived by sons James (Lavonne), of Stillwater, Okla., and Jerry (Jan), of Longmont; four grandchildren, Kevin (Addy), of Fort Collins, Connie (Ben) Davis, of Longmont, Lindy (Jim) Goeller, of New Bern, N.C., and Jamison (Alayna), of Seattle, Wash.; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was conducted at The Bridge Assisted Living in Longmont on Saturday, June 23, 2012, and a graveside memorial will be conducted in Alamogordo at a future date. Condolences can be left at www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 28 to July 27, 2012
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