Former Kewanee Star Courier Ad Man and WW2 Veteran John Wheelwright Dewey Has Died

John Wheelwright Dewey, formerly of Kewanee, and a former ad salesman at the Kewanee Star Courier and World War 2 veteran, passed away on Wednesday, he was 96 years old. Dewey was born in Galva and attended Galva High School before being drafted into World War 2 in 1942. Upon returning from the war, Mr Dewey accepted a position in ad sales at the Kewanee Start Courier. During his time in Kewanee, Mr Dewey became the Chairman of the Junior Kewanee Chamber of Commerce. Dewey left Kewanee for Canton, Illinois in the early 1950’s but did not leave the town behind. In 1955 Mr Dewey had the honor of covering a press conference by then President Dwight D Eisenhower. Mr Dewey’s coverage was featured in the Star Courier on June 15th, 1955.

That coverage can be found in the digitized newspaper archives of the Kewanee Public Library, Headline “Dewey Visits Ike’s Press Conference.” Mr Dewey worked in newspapers most of his life, spending time at Lee Enterprises, home of the Quad City Times, before settling in Racine, Wisconsin. Mr Dewey’s time in World War 2 became part of history when his account of the war was published in the book “Packs On! Memoirs of the 10th Mountain Division in WWII” by A. B. Feuer. You can find a full obituary for John Wheelwright Dewey at

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