He was the son of the late Jacob Dewell, Sr. and the late Charlotte Williams Dewell.
He came to this earth on April 19, 1935, on his grandfather WE Dewell’s farm near Hibbets, Harrison Twp., Carroll Co., Ohio.
He and his younger brother, Jacob Duane Dewell, Jr. enjoyed life on the family farm, growing up hunting, fishing, trapping, and learning farm chores. John graduated from Carrollton High School on May 30, 1953, and on June 6, 1953, he married the one love of his life, Peggy Ann Croxton. They lived on the Croxton farm for several years and had their own trucking business, hauling canned milk to Spahn’s Dairy in Steubenville for several years. They purchased their first dairy farm near Scio, Ohio in 1958, milking cows for many years. They purchased their second farm in 1967, continuing to milk cows and now also raise beef cows on their 307 acres. Later they started organic farming using work horses, Duke and Babe. It was great fun taking the horse team to the Scio Livestock Auction on Friday. They loved farming immensely! They had two children, John Dewell, Jr. of Cody, WY, and Terri Lynne Dewell of Carrollton. His beloved wife, Peggy Ann, died on August 1, 2014, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. After his passing, John enjoyed vintage tractors and trucks, a 1923 Model T, a Russell Steam Engine, a Russell Wooden Thresher, and several Doodle Bug AS models. He enjoyed taking them to many shows and the Scio Fall Festival Parade.
John was a member of the Harrison County Farm Bureau, Republican Party, Stumptown Steam Thrashers, American Historical Truck Society Northeast Chapter, Carroll County Antique Tractor Club, Doughty Valley Steam Days at Charm, Tuscarawas Valley Power Show at Dover and the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, a life member of the Ohio Gun Collectors, and a life member of the Carroll County Historical Society. He was a former member of the Mt Hope Grange. John was also a member of Shepherds Chapel TV Church in Gravits, AR. It had also been a northern township. trustee for 2 terms.
In addition to his wife, John was predeceased by his cousin, Wm. G. Dewell of Little Rock, AR.
He is survived by his children, John and Terri; his brother, Jacob Duane Dewell, Jr., and his wife Susan of Golden, CO, and several nieces and nephews. Also, many adopted children, including Jerod and Toni Snair of Perrysville, with whom he resided, Eric and Teresa Harrison of Scio, Carl and Cindy Scott of Memphis, TN, Karissa Bardall of Freeport, the Killers and many, many wonderful friends what he has done over the years.
In accordance with John’s wishes, there will be no services.
Koch Funeral Home, Scio was entrusted with his wish to be cremated and buried alongside his beloved wife at the farm they both loved.
“People, I’ve had a great journey, with my Lord and Savior and my wife by my side. And as God is our guide, we’ll always be together on the right side, side by side. Amen and Hallelujah!” -John