Terry L. Dewasme
Terry L. Dewasme, 58, of El Paso, Ill., formerly of Bloomington, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7 a.m. at El Paso Health Care Center.
Funeral services for Terry will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home in Bloomington with the visitation an hour prior starting at Noon, with the Reverend William White officiating. The Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard and U.S. Navy will provide military honors. Memorial contributions in honor of Terry may be made to the Home Sweet Home Mission of Bloomington. Burial will be at the Gridley Cemetery in Gridley.
Terry was born on Aug. 13, 1954, in Peoria, a son of Paul F. Dewasme and Dolores M. Helm. Surviving are his mother, Dolores M. (John) Helm-Nicholson, Bloomington; brother, Steven Dewasme, Texas; sister, Penny (Tony) Harris, Georgia; aunt, Nancy Hyde; uncles Jim Dewasme and Harland Hyde; five nephews and four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and two aunts.
As a young teenager, Terry had a love for ham radio, and at the age of 12, passed the HAM Radio Exam. He would tinker and talk on the radio until the early hours of the morning. After graduating from University High School in Normal, Terry attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Oct. 17, 1975. After serving more than three years in the Navy aboard the USS New Orleans, and achieving the rank of Petty Officer, Terry was honorably discharged on May 8, 1979.
With Terry’s passion for radios as a child and his technical military training in communication equipment, he went to work as a radio technician as a civilian.
Terry was a resident of the El Paso Health Care Center in El Paso since 2002. He was well known there as the avid Cubs fan. He also immensely enjoyed reading many genres of books, and loved to listen to music.
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