Loma J. Dewey

June 8, 1931 –  Nov. 13, 2022


Loma June (Messman) Dewey, 91, passed away Nov. 13, 2022, at Tabitha in Crete.

She was born June 8, 1931, in Hallam, to August and Ella (Ostherthun) Messman, the fifth of seven children. She was united in marriage to Floyd C. Dewey on Nov. 19, 1949. To this union, three sons (Rodney, Randall, and Ricky) and one daughter (Roxanne) were born. Floyd and June also raised their grandson, Shawn Dewey, as a son. 

June most enjoyed spending time with family. Whether camping, shopping, listening to Randy play in bands, attending her grandchildren's school programs, or holiday decorating, it was all about family. She had amazing flower gardens and enjoyed crafting. In recent years, June kept her mind sharp by coloring and doing jigsaw puzzles. She was known to many through the various jobs she held over the years, including Russell Stover Candies, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Ben Franklin (Crete), volunteering as a cook at St. James School (Crete), Crafts by Dewey's and babysitting. She was a past president of the VFW Auxiliary (Crete) and a former Sunday School teacher at the Congregational United Church of Christ (Hallam). 

June was a great cook and will be remembered by her family for her famous potato salad, dressing with raisins and Watergate salad (affectionately know as The Green Stuff). She loved Christmas and as the family grew, she started a tradition of "Sock Night" where the family got together to open the gifts from their stockings at grandma and grandpa's house. 

June is survived by her children, Rodney Dewey, Crete, Randall Dewey, Wilber, Ricky Dewey (Ronita), Crete, and Roxanne Bischof (Mike), Lincoln; grandchildren, Kristina Dewey, Clatonia, Sarah Roth (Bryant), Clatonia, Tracy Crites (Zane), Springfield, Missouri, Shawn Dewey (Crystal), Swanton, Eric Dewey (Blythe), Crete, Ryan Dewey, Crete, Patrick Dewey (Megan), Wilber, Derek Dewey, Hallam, Michael Dewey (Sara), Stanton, Grady Bischof, Lincoln, and Cameron Bischof, Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Katlynn, Cooper, McKenna, Jameson, Milo, Lincoln, Lily, Gwendolyn, Eric Jr., Heath, Harlow, Petra, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Asher, Ignatia and Owen and June was excited to know more great-grandchildren are on the way; brother, Dick Messman (Loretta), Lincoln and Tom Messman (Dorothy), Crete; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Floyd; daughter-in-law, Marie; grandson, Jeffrey; brothers and sister-in-law, Harold (Virginia) Messman and Dale Messman; sisters and brothers in-law, Wilma Kahle (Harry) and Lois Grantski (Ralph). 

Special thanks to the staff at Garden Square, Tabitha and Dr. Jason Hesser for the great care June received. A big thank you to Dorothy Messman. Your friendship and care over the years is so greatly appreciated.