Dewey Mark Lonnes, age 75, went to meet his Lord and Savior on April 17, 2019 at his home in Helena, Montana. After returning from wintering in Arizona, he and his wife had just returned from a short visit to their daughter Kari’s home in Kirkland, Washington. They had only been home a few hours when Dewey passed away. Their twins, Kristin and Kyle, were there to greet them when they returned so they were able to see their father for a short time.
Dewey was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 6, 1943 to Helen (Daley) and Leon Lonnes. The family soon moved to Western Springs, Illinois where Dewey grew up and attended school. He graduated from Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois. Dewey went on to graduate from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then attended graduate school in Oklahoma where he studied business.
Dewey worked as a landman in Texas, Alaska, and Colorado. While living in Denver, he met Diane Klovstad and they were married on December 30, 1977 in Broomfield, Colorado. Three children, Kari, Kyle, and Kristin, were added to their family while living in Denver. Years later, the family moved to Butte, Montana, where he continued his work as a landman for a Butte mining company. Later the family relocated to Helena after Dewey started working for the Montana Department of Transportation. He continued with the MDOT until he retired about ten years ago. Since retirement Dewey and his wife enjoyed being snowbirds and spent several winters at their home in a retirement park in Yuma, Arizona.
As an avid reader Dewey enjoyed all kinds of history and historical fiction. During his years in Alaska he enjoyed fishing and outdoor activities. After his marriage to Diane, as his children grew, he took the family on many camping trips. Dewey and his wife loved to travel; Europe, Alaska, and Hawaii were favorite destinations. The family did extensive road trips throughout the U.S. and he often commented that there were only four states he had not visited.
Dewey’s sense of humor and wit will be missed by many friends and family. He was a loving father and his children were very important to him. His outgoing personality enabled him to make many friends whom he enjoyed visiting with whenever he had the opportunity.
Dewey was preceded in death by his parents and his son, James Lonnes. He is survived by his wife, Diane of Helena, children, Jennifer Lonnes of Denver, Kari (John) Stancin of Kirkland, Washington, and Kristin and Kyle Lonnes of Helena. Other survivors include his brothers Jerome Lonnes of Richmond, Virginia, Fred Lonnes of Western Springs, Illinois, and sister Anita (Edd) Nolan of Arlington, Virginia.
Memorials in honor of Dewey may be made to Life Covenant Church for their Building for Life fund, 800 N. Hoback St., Helena, MT 59601.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17th at Life Covenant Church, 800 N. Hoback Street, in Helena, Montana. A luncheon will follow at the church. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Dewey.