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DEWINE, ROBERT JOHNSON - 1919-2010. On a beautiful spring day, just perfect for planting a garden, God called home His servant and master gardener, Robert Johnson DeWine, 90 years old, on Tuesday, April 06, 2010. Surrounded by his family, Mr. DeWine peacefully passed away at his home. Bob, beloved husband, loving father, dear grandfather, and proud great-grandfather, was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he served in many capacities, most long-serving as an usher at 10:00 Mass. Bob attributed his long life to a faith in God, a loving family and working hard. Bob was a 1939 graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School, attended the University of Tennessee, worked many years for Lanier Company and retired as owner of Robert J. DeWine - Distributor. Bob served his country as an Aviation Electrician, 2nd Class and as an Automatic Pilot Specialist in the U.S. Navy during World War II and will forever stand tall among those of "America's Greatest Generation". He worked tirelessly for Knoxville Catholic High School, Old St. Mary's School in downtown Knoxville, as well as supporting St. Joseph School in Fountain City. He was an honorary, lifetime member of Council #645, Knights of Columbus. No matter where he worked, however, he came home to work on the farm and his garden. In later years, he gloried in planning, planting and harvesting his garden, researching his family tree, which he traced back to Ireland, and researching the history of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee. He could give a speech and often did "at the drop of a hat" on any church, school, family or garden topics to the delight of many over the years. His sense of humor was unmatched and his strong professional work ethic was exemplary. Mr. DeWine was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lillian DeWine; step-mother, Meta DeWine; and his infant brothers, Thomas DeWine and Merlin DeWine, as well as father and mother in law, Dr. Dye T. and Mrs. White. Many, many other cousins and friends also predeceased him. Bob shared a great love with his surviving wife of 62 years, Teresa White DeWine. He and Teresa enjoyed many wonderful years in marriage and set a wonderful example of faith and sacrifice. His love enriched the lives of his seven children who are left to cherish his memory: Kathleen (Bert) Benedict, Linda (Jim) Martin, Margaret (Bob) Duncan, Mary Nell DeWine, Michael (Barbara) DeWine, Elizabeth (Bill) Gann and Josie (Randy) Graham. He is survived by 14 grandchildren: Kate (Ryan) Roovers, Dan Benedict, Ashley (Adam) Foster, David (Nikki) Martin, Seth (Jessica) Martin, Amy Duncan, Adrienne Duncan, Megan Duncan, Kristin DeWine, Abby DeWine, Christopher (Amy) Gann, Maggie Gann, Caroline Graham and Annie Graham. He was also blessed with 6 great-grandchildren: Jacob Gann, Lexi Duncan, Carson Roovers, Lily Gann, Chase Gann and Sam Martin. He is also survived by brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William J. White, Los Angeles, CA and Mary White, New Orleans, LA; and Bob's much beloved eight nieces and nephews, Ellen Ettensperger and Luke, Teresa (Richard) Gellis and family, Anna White, Ursula (Joe) Tevis and family, Phillip (Donna) White and family, Paul (Lois) White and family, Martha (David) Jensen and family, and Clancy (Peter) Johannson and family. Bob also has many special loving friends, far too many to name for fear of unintentionally leaving someone out. The family would like to thank all the wonderful doctors, nurses and caregivers Mercy Hospital and Mercy Home Hospice, especially family friend Laura Miller. The family will receive friends from 5:30 - 8:00 pm on Friday, April 9th, 2010 at Weaver Funeral Home, 5815 Western Avenue, Knoxville, with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 8:00 pm. On Saturday, April 10th, a 10:00 am Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 W. Vine Avenue, Knoxville, concelebrated by Monsignor Xavier Mankel, Father Joseph Ciccone, CSP and Father Jerry Tully, CSP. Ushers from 10:00 Mass will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be at Calvary cemetery. The Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard will honor Mr. DeWine. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 W. Vine Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. One last message to Bob from Teresa: "The finest thing I've ever done is simply loving you." April 6th, 2010. Condolences may be left at Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Apr. 7 to Apr. 10, 2010.
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April 20, 2010
I have been so blessed to have known Papaw for the last 8 years. Mamaw and Papaw shared a love like no other and I am so grateful to have been able to witness such a love. I will never forget sweet Papaw and will always fondly remember how he called me "redhead." :) He also told the best stories- what a memory he had! He will be greatly missed.
Amy Gann
April 15, 2010
We were blessed to know Mr DeWine and will continue to appreciate the wonderful legacy of family he left for those left behind. Enjoy your new resting place at the hand of God. Kim and Jeff MacDonald
Kim Buchanan Litton
April 11, 2010
Aunt Theresa and Family,
We are saddened to hear of Uncle Bob's passing. I will always cherish all the times together with all of our families and relatives together at the reunions down by the spring. Uncle Bob will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers at this time of healing.
Tim Shannon
April 11, 2010
Theresa and family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers

Peggy (Fitzpatrick) Corum and Eddie
April 10, 2010
Dear Theresa, Children, Grandchildren and Greatgrandchildren:

Please accept our sincere condolences on the death of your dear Bob. Sorry, we could not make the services but your memorial pictures on the internet were lovely. What a wonderful man. He will be in our prayers as will all of you and we will always be grateful we had the privilege to meet him.

Thomas and Bernadette Fitzpatricvk and Family
April 10, 2010
Teresa, You and your family are my thoughts and prayers Nancy and Janck Smirh
Nancy Smith
April 10, 2010
I will miss you Mr. Dewine, you were the rock and foundation of my earliest memories of Immaculate Conception Church and Knoxville Catholic High School
Daniel Gleason
April 10, 2010
With deepest sympathy, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Staff of Weaver Funeral Home
April 9, 2010
Where there is love, there are smiles and the DeWine family was smiling in all the pictures that were shared here. Please remember that Bob won't ever be forgotten in my or my brothers lives(Shannon's), for every reunion in Knoxville was a reunion of love and memories. My prayers are with you ALL throughout the year. Teresa I love your tomato sandwiches, tomato's grown by Bob in his garden. Now he is planning a new year in the garden of Heaven. We love and will miss him. xoxoxox Catherine Marie Shannon Dykstra
Catherine Dykstra
April 9, 2010
I am truly sorry to hear of Mr. DeWine's passing. He was a very generous and loving individual. I had the great pleasure of knowing him in my years at St. Joseph's and Catholic High School. He always had a smile that would light up the night. He will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy to all of the DeWine clan.
Candace Nutter
April 9, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Bobbie Badich/Harbison
April 9, 2010
Mike, Our deepest sympathy for your loss of your father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers
Janie & Jeff Robinson
Janie & Jeff Robinson
April 9, 2010

My prayers are with you and your family in this time of grief. The description of your father in the obituary reveals a wonderful man. I will think of you as you and your family members journey through the days ahead.
Angela Carico
April 9, 2010
Dear Dewine Family,

Your in my thoughts and prayers. Your Husband and Father was a dear man and I feel honored to have met and known him. Blessings through the Trials.
Linda Hobbs Canada
Linda Canada
April 9, 2010
Linda, I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a very strong and wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Margie Collins Dudeff
Class of '68
Margie Dudeff
April 9, 2010
An Irish Prayer
in Memory of
Robert Johnson DeWine
By Bert Benedict

I come before You today Lord,
Your true and faithful servant.
My life on Earth is nearing an end
And I will soon leave, I’m certain.

I have always done your bidding, Lord
Without hesitation.
I have fought the great wars,
Raised the children, and provided education.

I honored my wife, the love of my life,
With never ending dedication.
So, before I go, I have one wish
To ask of You, my Lord.

You know I am of Ireland,
All my flesh, blood, and bone.
But along life’s route,
I have never seen my home.

Have the angels take me there
Before I come to You.
Let me walk the green fields and mountains
All covered with dew.

Let me see the people who are
So very much like me.
I won’ stay long,
I just want to look and see,
The Emerald Isle of which
My family came to be.

I want to come to Heaven, Lord,
You know that this is true.
Let me spend some time in heaven on Earth
Before I come home to You.

Bob was my father-in-law for 42 years and I watched how he and Teresa loved the research of their Irish ancestors.
Bert Benedict
April 8, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are will you. Love and Miss, Jenn
Jennifer Roovers
April 8, 2010
My papaw was a man of strong faith and values. He touched many lives and we were blessed to have him as our leader and role model. I will cherish my time with him and know how truly lucky I was to have him as my papaw!!
Amy Duncan
April 8, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Joy Winter Smith and Family
April 8, 2010

They say you never truly die as long as someone remembers you. The wonderful memories of Bob will last through eternity. You know how much you both are loved.

We're so sorry we can't be there with you, but know that we hold all of you close to our hearts. Much Love, Colby and Linda Reeves (Knoxville/Myrtle Beach SC)
April 8, 2010
Mr. Dewine was the type of man who exemplified his faith in God by the way he lived. East Tennesseans will sadly miss one of the most influential advocates for Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. I have grown up with Kathleen and Bert, and I know they are so very proud of their "Daddy". Theresa, I can only say that you have been truly blessed to have been married for over 60 years to such a wonderful man. When we were younger, we didn't always want to hear what he had to say, but I'll be doggoned if he wasn't usually right! Amazing how smarter our parents seemed to get the older we got.

Paul, Sharon, Lisa, Chris, Tim, and Brian Fogarty
Paul Fogarty
April 8, 2010
Mike, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. It sounds like he had a very rewarding and fulfilling life. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.
Jim & Carolyn McClain
April 8, 2010
What wonderful memories we have of being "neighbors". I still remember him walking round and round the field to make his miles and how beautiful his garden always was. Please know that we are praying for you and your family.
Larry and Dana Bell
April 7, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!
Vera Hannaford , Susan ,Seth, and Shea Tolson
April 7, 2010
He was a wonderful man who never stopped doing God's work. It was an honor to work with him has an usher. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Dewine Family.
Mike & Freda Lane
April 7, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. I am unfortunately going out of town in the morning and will not get to come by the funeral home. I pray that God comforts you and the whole family during these days.
Traci Greene
April 7, 2010
My papaw was a strong devoted family man who loved us so much!! He will be missed but we will always have our wonderful memories!
April 7, 2010
I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.
Preston Daniels
April 7, 2010
We are so sorry to hear about your Dad, what a wonderful Gentleman he was.We are sorry due to Jays circumstances we won't be able to attend a ceremony. Just remember we love you and are thInking about you and your family. for Mike and Barbara Dewine... Jay and Barbara Hollingsworth
Barbara-Jay Hollingsworth
April 7, 2010
Teresa,Robert and I have loved you and Bob all our lives.and have so many memories of you both.We were saddened to hear of Bobs passing.Please know you and your family is in our thoughts and prayers.We are out of town and will be unable to attend services.
Bob & Sherleen Cardwell
April 7, 2010
You and Bob have been friends with my grandparents, The Eklunds, for many years. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss and my sincerest and heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family. May God be with you in your time of need and wrap his protective arms around you and your entire family to help you through this time.
Dawn Eklund-Henry
April 7, 2010
Treasa I was so sorry to hear about Bob.I remember the time that he would take all of us girls to basketball pratice. He was a loving an caring man he will be miss dearly. my prayers an thoughts are with you and your family.Love to you all Cathleen Johnson McGee
cathleen McGee
April 7, 2010
Teresa and family you have our deepest sympathy. Bob was a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family
Gordon & Ann Bickley
April 7, 2010
Bob DeWine will be missed by many.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the DeWine's in their time of lost. Michael Johnson Jemison Alabama
April 7, 2010
The loss of this wonderful man breaks my heart as much as the loss of my own father. I will truly miss getting a hug from him when I walk into church on Sunday morning. He leaves behind a wonderful, loving wife and family and I will keep you all in my prayers.
Maureen Kelly
April 7, 2010
Dear Teresa, Margaret, Kathleen, Bert and family, it is hard to imagine Immaculate Conception without Bob. He'll still be there, his spirit. Great smile, great sense of humor, great man, Teresa and Bob, wonderful model of love and marriage and faith. I'll still be looking for him. Love, John Greene and Kay
John Greene
April 7, 2010
Bob Dewine was a wonderful example to all of us. Our prayers are with his family and many friends.
Joe & Penny McDonald
April 7, 2010
I was so sorry to read of Bob's passing. I know you will really miss him.
Mildred DeBusk
April 7, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dewine family. What a wonderful legacy Mr. and Mrs. Dewine have. God speed.
Andy and Amy White and family
April 7, 2010
April 6, 2010
My sympathy and love to a special family. No greater legacy than all of you. Much Love, Art
Art Miller
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