Duane ‘Dewey’ Cutsforth

Aug. 22, 1935 - Dec. 28, 2008

Duane "Dewey" Cutsforth, 73, died Sunday evening, Dec. 28, 2008, at Continental Manor in Randolph. He was born Aug. 22, 1935, in Augusta, the son of Ellis and Norma (nee Parr) Cutsforth.

Dewey attended Poynette High School and then served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960. In 1959, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Bowdin and they later divorced. Then on July 3, 1968, Dewey was united marriage to Merilyn (Walker) Ashley in Pardeeville. Dewey worked various jobs including working as a part-time police officer for the village of Rio. In 1970, he became the first Cambria police chief and held that position for three years until he became employed with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department as a dispatcher and jailer, retiring in 1985. For 25 plus years, Dewey owned and operated Dewey’s Stump Removal Service and enjoyed working security at the Columbus 151 Speedway. Dewey was also committed to the Cambria Fire Department as a firefighter and could always be found assisting at the dispatch desk until his retirement in 2006. Dewey loved to work on old cars, collect antique gas pump memorabilia, hunt and fish. He also loved to travel to the local casino and support his grandchildren in all their activities. Dewey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cambria and the National Rifle Association.

Dewey will be sadly missed by his children, David (Tammy) Cutsforth of Fall Creek, Jim (Barb) Cutsforth of Cambria, Cheryl (Ken) Jarvis of Waukesha, Tim (Denise) Ashley, Jeff (Barb) Ashley and Lois (Dave) Frank, all of Cambria; his grandchildren,Lea, Patrick and Matthew Cutsforth, Christopher and Elizabeth Jarvis, Dylan, Colt, Tricia and Charlie Ashley and Justin and Melissa Frank; one sister, Barb (Ray) Bowdin of Rio; a special nephew, Rick (Janette) Cutsforth of Cambria; and his dear friends, Stan (Shirley) Brossard, along with the ladies at the Venture Restaurant in Cambria who kept him in their thoughts with visits and meals the last couple of years; his canine companion, Princess Molly; and nieces, nephews, several other relatives and many other friends.

Dewey was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Merilyn, on Dec. 24, 2006; and one brother, Darrell Cutsforth, in 1997.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service Saturday, Jan. 3, at First Presbyterian Church in Cambria. The Rev. Julie Waldman will officiate. Burial will follow in the Cambria Cemetery.

Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home in Cambria, (920) 348-5111, is serving the family.