Alan D. “Dewey” Merwin , age 91, formerly of Millerton, NY, passed away suddenly at home in Johnson City, TN, on September 25, 2020.
Dewey was born in Sharon, CT on June 4, 1929, the son of the late Seth T. Merwin, Sr. and Hazel Meader Merwin,. He lived and worked most of his life in Millerton, NY, and then spent the last 14 years of his life in Johnson City, TN with his daughter Lorraine Merwin Brown and her husband Tim. He was a volunteer at Johnson City Medical Center for almost 15 years. After his move to Tennessee in 2006, he spent his summers traveling up north to visit family and friends every year until the pandemic and his health prevented his trip this year.
Dewey graduated from Delhi Agricultural College in Delhi, New York. He first helped his father and then worked as a milk tester and as a New York state trooper before returning to farm with his father on the family dairy in Millerton, NY., and then taking it over upon his father’s retirement. He was a Millerton fixture for over 90 years, offering friendship and support to everyone he knew.
Dewey was married to the love of his life, his wife Ruth Stevens Merwin for 57 years until her death in 2006. They were both pre-deceased by their faithful guard cow Friendly.
Dewey is survived by his children, Gary and his wife Lois of Monroe, NH, Sheila and her husband Roger Marian of Winchester, MA, Pamela and her husband Matthew Charde of Troy, NY, Diane and her husband Brian Ward of Newport, NH, Lorraine and her husband Tim Brown of Johnson City, TN, Meg and her husband Jim Stuller of Collinsville, IL, and Dan and his wife Jeanette of Mint Hill, NC. He left 24 dearly loved grandchildren and 25 beloved great-grandchildren. Other survivors include his brother John M. Merwin (and wife Debbie) of Millerton, NY, his sister Marilyn “Susie” Stone of Fernandina Beach, FL, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He had been pre-deceased by his sisters Ina Merwin, Evelyn “Pinky” Skidmore, and his brother Tom Merwin.
Dewey loved and was loved by his family and his friends. He was generous to a fault. He had strong opinions. He taught all of his children to be self-reliant, giving people, and how to be a good citizen and a true friend. He loved to tell stories, particularly about tricks played on both family and friends. He was described as the definition of a friend, and he will be sorely missed.
It was Dewey’s wish that his body be donated to the Quillen College of Medicine in Mountain Home, TN, so that he could continue to give all that he had. No memorial service is planned at this time, due to the ongoing pandemic.
Contributions in his memory can be made to the American Diabetes Association or to a charity of your choice that you think exemplifies Dewey Merwin and his life.
I'm so sorry to hear about Dewey. Dewey, will be greatly missed in our Telemetry Dept. @ JCMC. Love and Prayers to Your family.
I loved the man. I have been thinking about him for the last week...now I know why. So sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to the entire Merwin family.
Oscar &Tru Fischer
There so many laughing memories of Dewey, the dropping off bags of sweet corn, which we loved and blowing his horn and hear him yell (CAN Oscar Come Out To Play)meaning to play golf. Asking, what's your score Dewey ? his answer always. Same as yours, we knew it wasn't. We looked forward to his SC visits on his return to Millerton. Oh what a guy. Good Bye Dewey,Rest in Peace. Oscar & Tru
Wayne & Candy (Shaffer) Swart
So sad to learn of Dewey’s passing. He was a great friend of my Dad’s. I last saw him August 2019. We had a wonderful visit. Reminisced and had some good conversation. May he Rest In Peace.
Phil & Diane Thompson
Our heart was broke when we learned of Dewey's passing, as being Historians from living in Millerton Town of North East, we loved sitting down with him and the wonderful history that he gave to us.. He was a gentlemen on telling his story of his family in the town of North East. We saw him in Jonesborough, a few years ago at Jonesbough Days. since we are in Tennessee.. at true gentlemen to our hearts, He will surely be missed with the love that he had for his family and friends.
Respectfully Diane and Phil Thompson
My condolences on your loss. May he rest in peace.
Martha (Hancock) Schultz
So sorry for your loss. My dad Roy Hancock had many an enjoyable golf game with Dewey. There’s even the story about Dewey helping him “escape” from Sharon Health Care!