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 www.weaverfuneralservices.com
. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home.