UNION TOWNSHIP —
Dewey Edward Styer, 81, lifelong resident and dairy farmer of Union Township, peacefully passed away at home on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. He was born April 27, 1932, the only child of the late Ada Grace (Rohleder) and Henry Edward Styer.
Dewey grew up on the family farm and attended a one-room school house, Center School, in Union Township. He skipped the second grade after attending a special summer class for advanced students at Edinboro State Teachers College. He graduated from Meadville Area Senior High and the Meadville Vocational School in 1949 as a member of the National Honor Society.
As a young man he enjoyed playing mandolin at local dances. He was married on June 5, 1954, to the former Ella Zulovich. He continued farming alongside his father and eventually bought the family farm in 1966. Dewey was known for dedication to his Registered Holstein breeding program and his knowledge of animal nutrition. He was an active member of several farm organizations, including the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, COBA Select Sires and the Holstein-Friesian Association of America.
The entire family was active in the Blooming Valley 4-H Club, where Dewey was a leader.
A student of American history, he held a particular interest in World War II. Upon retirement in 1996, he and Ella enjoyed visiting national parks and traveling throughout the United States with close friends.
Survivors include his wife, Ella, of 59 years; and his two daughters, Betty (husband Donald) Marteeny of Centerville and Marjorie (husband Richard) Klein of Cambridge Springs; a grandson, Donald Edwin Marteeny III (wife Marie), also of Centerville; and a beloved great-grandson, Maxwell Carl Donald Marteeny.
Calling hours will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville.
The funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Marsha Mitchell of St. John’s Community Church of God officiating.
Interment will be in Cochranton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Community Church of God in care of the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation, P.O. Box 933, Meadville Pa. 16335-0933; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared at waidfuneralhome.net.