Senator Duane E. Dewel View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 5/31/1984
Birth Place: Burt, Iowa
Birth County: Kossuth
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 51 (1945) - 52 (1947)
55 (1953) - 58 (1959)
Home County: Kossuth
Duane E. Dewel
Kossuth County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Duane Dewel, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Duane Dewel was born March 6, 1901, at Burt, Iowa, son of William and Emma Louise Dewel. He passed away May 31, 1984, in Algona, Iowa, at the age of 83.

Mr. Dewel graduated from Algona High School in 1918, and attended the University of Iowa for two years before transferring to the University of Missouri where he graduated with a degree in journalism in 1922. He was editor and publisher of the Algona Advance until 1968. He was married to Dorothy Snodgrass on July 18, 1927, and they had two children, William C. of Boone, North Carolina and Marjorie (Mrs. Peter Pickford) of Danville, California.

Senator Dewel was elected to serve in the Iowa Senate in the 1944 election. He served three terms in the Senate during the 51st (1945-1946), 52nd (1947-1948), 55th (1953-1954), 56th (1955-1956), 57th (1957-1958), and the 58th (1958-1959) General Assemblies. He was elected Senate Majority Leader during the 56th General Assembly.

After leaving the Iowa Senate, Mr. Dewel served as a lobbyist for the Iowa Press Association. He was a past president of the Pioneer Lawmakers Association. Mr. Dewel joined the Kiwanis Club just three weeks after its formation in 1924 and served the Club as secretary, president and governor of the Nebraska-Iowa district. He was named a Kiwanis Life Fellow in 1974.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Seventy-first General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Duane Dewel, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate, by this resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to the state and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.





Text above from 71 GA (1985) Senate Journal Memorial Resolution
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