James Leon “Lonnie” Deweese
By Kim Swindell Wood | May 14, 2019 9:06 am
James Leon “Lonnie” Deweese, 89, passed from this life to his heavenly home, on May 12, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends.
Mr. Deweese was born May 30, 1929, in the Fall Creek Falls community.
He was a deacon and charter member of Plainview Free Will Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Van Buren County. Mr. Deweese was a U.S. Army veteran and served his country in the Korean Conflict, 1951-1952. He worked at Taft Youth Center as a building trades instructor, residential carpenter for several years, and worked at A. O. Smith for 17 years until he retired. After retirement, he enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and working on the farm.
He was preceded in death by sister, Anna Ben Deweese; parents, Ben and Lora Deweese; grandson, Beau Deweese; and daughter-in-law, Brandie Deweese.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Virginia Simmons Deweese; sons, Dennis (Tammy) Deweese, Vernon and Bengie Deweese; special family members, Mike Austin, Charlene Kirby, Bea Wanamaker; grandchildren, Dakota, Ben (Kaula), Dillon, Morgan and Makayla Deweese; great-grandchildren, Amira, Aria and Athen Deweese; brother, Edward Deweese; brothers-in-law, A.R. (Shirley) Simmons, Joe (Allene) Simmons, Fred (Lynn) Simmons; sisters-in-law, Inez Nunley (friend, Fred), Reba Simmons; several nieces, nephews, extended family, special friends of the family, church family; and special Veterans Administration caregivers, Margaret Ann Briceland and Diane Hale.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., May 15, 2019, at Layne Funeral Home, in Spencer, with burial in Blankenship Cemetery. Bro. Dennis Deweese, Bro. Estel Bilbrey, and Bro. Danny Allen will officiate. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m., May 14, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m., May 15, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gideons Bible Ministry and to Fall Creek Falls Christian Campground.
Layne Funeral Home, in Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.