DuWayne Francis ‘Dewey’ Maronen

EAGLE HARBOR — DuWayne Francis “Dewey” Maronen, 69, passed away suddenly at his home, near Eagle Harbor, on September 10, 2018.

He was born on February 28, 1949. DuWayne was a 1967 graduate of Calumet High School.

After high school, he was drafted into the Army, where he served his time in Vietnam. His time of service was from August 1968 to July 1970.

While in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

He returned home as a disabled veteran. However, he did not seek help from the VA system until shortly before he retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2016.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years, in Las Vegas, Nevada, serving 20 years delivering mail and 15 years as a postal clerk. He was very much loved by his coworkers, and developed a family-like relationship with his friend, Sandy Turner, whom he called his “guardian angel”, and her family.

Towards the end of his retirement, he suffered a stroke, and Sandy told him it was time for him to come home.

During the health care needed for his stroke, he sought the help of the VA system, and the people at the VA asked him, “Where have you been all these years?” DuWayne simply replied that he felt his wounds were not as severe as those of his other “brothers in arms,” so he simply did not apply and went to work.

Dewey, as he was fondly known, called home and then came for a month-long visit to his brother, Greg, and sister-in-law, Denise, Maronen’s home. It was then that he expressed his wishes to move home after 32 long years away.

He told Denise, “I wish to move home, find a nice woman, have a relationship like you and Greg, and live on the shores of Lake Superior, just like you two.” Denise told him promptly that a wish at their home is a prayer. Four days later, he and Greg ran into a woman DuWayne dated 40 years prior, and from that day forward, he and Annie Kipfer were together and inseparable.

DuWayne headed back to Las Vegas, packed up, and moved home on September 10 of 2016. He and Annie were married on June 10, 2018, at the home of his brother, Greg, and Denise.

Dewey’s death came exactly two years after the day that he moved home.

We, who have been blessed with knowing and loving him again, will miss his heart of gold, his sense of humor, and will always remember that he would literally give the shirt off of his back to anyone who was in need.

He loved to take pictures with his new camera, sit by the lake at their home near Eagle Harbor and watch the wildlife, the lake and especially the ore boats as they went by.

He also loved to go and listen to the music played by Wende Jonas and Scott Perkins.

DuWayne is survived by his wife of three months, Annie; her daughter, Ashley (Jason); his mother, Elaine Pavolich; his brother, Greg (Denise) Maronen; his sister, Cheryl (John) Hendra; his niece, Lori; his nephew, Chris; his brother, Larry (Judy) Maronen; his nieces, Amber and Molly; several great-nephews; and his mother-in-law, Alice Kipfer.

DuWayne was preceded in death by his stepfather, Rudy Pavolich; and his birth father, W. Francis Maronen.

DuWayne was very proud of his service to his country, and was scheduled to attend the U.P. Honor Flight on September 18, 2018. We want to thank all of the friends who sent cards and thoughts to him to receive at that honor flight, and now must gratefully accept that he has taken his final flight home to be with the Lord.

We will dearly miss him, but we and his friends will forever cherish the time we had with him upon his move home.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home with Deacon Art Stancher to officiate.

Friends may call at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home on Monday, September 17, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Burial will take place with Military Honors in the Veterans Section of Lake View Cemetery.

Online condolences for the family may be left at ericksoncrowleypeterson.com.

The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements.