It is with great sadness that the family of Bruce Everett Dewey Sr., announces his passing following a brief bout with COVID-19, on Monday, August 24, 2020 at the age of 72. Bruce was born on February 8, 1948 in Borger, TX to the late Thomas Eugene and Dorothy Jean Dewey. He leaves behind to cherish his memory a loving wife of 38 years, Judith Dewey, four loving children, Shelly (Dewey) Walker (Dubois), Jennifer Dewey, Bruce Dewey Jr. (Robin), and Kevin Dewey, his two stepdaughters, Maryann (Zdrojewski) Lehman (Greg) and Brook (Zdrojewski) Bollinger (Patrick), his two sisters Anita (Dewey) Phillips and Paula Dewey, twelve grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Bruce faithfully served his country for 21 years for the US Navy during the Vietnam Era, retiring as Chief Petty Officer in the nondestructive testing (NDT) nuclear division in 1985. Throughout his service, his station duties included Recruit Training Command, San Diego, CA, US Naval Air Station, Alameda, CA, USS Mahnomen County (LST-912), USS Askari (ARL-30), USS Holland (AS-32), SSC, Naval Station, San Diego, CA, USS Vulcan (R-5), FMAG ONBD AMSU, NAVPHIBASE, Little Creek, VA, USS Puget Sound, (AD-38), TRIREFFAC, Bangor, WA, SIMA, Naval Station, San Diego, CA, and USS Arcadia( AD-42).
During his twenty-one years and eight months of honorable service, his distinguished performance earned the Good Conduct Medal with one award, four Letters of Appreciation, Vietnam Service Medal with star, Battle Efficiency Ribbon with two awards, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two awards, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. After retiring from the US Military, Bruce transitioned into the civilian life where he continued his success through significant contributions to the civilian community toward the growth and advancements in the nuclear industry. Before his recent second retirement as President of Maryland QC Laboratories, Bruce and Judith established homestead from Maryland to Florida where he spent the remainder of his days tinkering with hobbies that included, restoration of a vessel for his life’s passion to navigate the high seas, hunting, fishing, woodworking, welding, farming and gardening.
More than anything, Bruce loved family time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid attendant of sporting, graduation, pageants, scouts, marriages and births of the next generation. Bruce loved nothing more than watching his family grow and continue his legacy within their own families.
Due to the nature of death, severity of this crisis, and health concerns of other family members, no service will be held. The family would like to extend their grateful and ongoing appreciation to the many who helped throughout this challenging time. Bruce will be remembered as a loving son, loyal brother, beloved husband, committed father, utmost friend, servant leader, honorable serviceman, builder, avid fisher, favorite grandfather.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES- 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361