It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dewey Hampton Dunn, Sr. on Monday, March 1, 2021 at the age of 92. Beloved husband and best friend of Elvera Ohler Dunn for 72 years. Loving father of Dewey H. Dunn, Jr. (Dianne), Mary Stanton (Richard), and (sister-in- law) Laurie Catalano (Gerry). He was preceded in death by his son, Walter L. Dunn. He was the proud grandfather to Lisa McMahon, Brittany Tucker Lewis (Sid), Brandi Frey-Crawford, Trey Dunn (Jennifer), Jennifer Stanton Stauter (Dustin), Heather Stanton Tauzier (Nick), Paul Catalano (Amber), Andrew Catalano (Rebecca), and James Catalano (Adrienne). Exceptional great grandfather to Trey, McKenna, Envi, Aubrey, Cy, and Jax. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. He was the son of the late Louise Gaddis and Walter D. Dunn. Dear sibling of Louise Marie Daniels, Robert Luther Dunn, (late) Norma Jean Dunn, (late) Lois Marian Spence, and (late) Mattie Ruth Perry, all of Nashville, TN. Caring brother-in-law to Evelyn, Lawrence, Jackie, Delores, Billy, Raymond, Merlin, Johnny, Freddy, Laurie and many nieces and nephews. Dewey was born and raised in Nashville, TN and was a resident of New Orleans for 75 years. He joined the Army in 1946 and proudly served his country for twenty-one years during WWII, The Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam Conflict in the 295th Military Police Company. He was awarded six decorations and medals before retiring in 1967. He served as a New Orleans Police Officer for twenty-one years as a Sergeant and retired in 1989. After retirement, he worked as a security guard for Zapata Security. Dewey was a great singer and storyteller, and he had a razor-sharp memory for details up until his death. He loved a good conversation and could engage in discourse with anyone, as he never met a stranger. He was a man of faith and he lived as a great example for his family. He will be dearly missed. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please "back the blue".
Published in The Times-Picayune from Mar. 6 to Mar. 8, 2021.