Longtime Payson resident, William "Bill" DeWees died June 14, 2008 after a brief illness.
Mr. DeWees and his family came to Arizona in 1929 from West Virginia, where he was born on June 16, 1929. He moved to Payson and opened a business that provided wholesale institutional foods to the Rim area for many years.
After settling in Payson with his wife, he found his passion when he became active in the Payson Elks Lodge. Mr. DeWees held many local, district and state level positions in this organization and enjoyed each one of them. He was especially proud of the children's charities and worked to help raise money for these projects.
Mr. DeWees is survived by his son and daughter, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
He will be laid to rest at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in the family grave site in a private ceremony. A public service is planned for later this summer at the Payson Elks Lodge. Notification of the date and time of this ceremony will be given at a later date. Donations may be made to Payson Elks Lodge for the children's charities in his memory.