|Birth: ||Feb. 8, 1912|
|Death: ||Jun. 23, 1972|
J. Parnell Dwan of 81 North Shore drive, Benton Harbor, president and general manager of the Musselman-Dawn division of Pet Milk Co., St. Joseph, died at 7 am.m today in West Suburban hospital, Oak Park, Ill., at the age of 60. He was admitted to the hospital June 12.
Mr. Dwan took over management of the former Dwan Home Canning Co., a small family-operated enterprise in 1946, and presided over its growth ever since. The greatest period of growth started in 1958, when the firm bought the former Paw Paw Canning Co. The following year, Dwan led the company into merger with the Musselman Canning Co. and in 1962 the Dwan-Musselman firm became a division of the Pet Milk Co.
He was born in St. Joseph on Feb 8, 1912, the son of Martin and Mary E. Dwan. He was graduated in 1929 from St. Joseph high school and attained the rank of master sergeant in the army during World War II.
Mr. Dwan was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic church, Berrien Hills Country club, Point O'Woods Country club, St. Joseph Elks Lodge, St. Joseph Improvement Association, Twin Cities Area Chamber of Commerce and the Agricultural Service club.
He was on the executive board, board of directors and steering committee of the Planned Parenthood Association of Southwestern Michigan and was on the executive board and board of directors of the Area Resources improvement Council.
At one time, he served as vice president and on the board of directors of the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association and served as chairman of the legislative committee, on the board of directors and as president from 1967 through 1969 of the Michigan Canners and Freezers Association.
Mr. Dwan is survived by his widow, the former Beverly Zebell, whom he married May 8, 1943, in St. Joseph; two sons, John of Watervliet and James of Beverly Hills, Calif.; two daughters, Marcia at home and Mrs. David (Linda) Morris of Benton Harbor; three brothers, Joseph and Edwin of St. Joseph and Dr. Francis Dwan of Summit, Ill.; and one grandchild.
Liturgical prayers will be recited Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Dey Brothers funeral home.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. in the St. Joseph Catholic church with the Rev. Cletus M. Rose as celebrant. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home after noon on Saturday. The family said memorials could be made to Lake Michigan Catholic schools.
(News-Palladium, June 23, 1972)
Martin Pious Dwan (1876 - 1967)
Mary Elizabeth Hauser Dwan (1880 - 1962)
Beverly Jean Zebell Dwan (1921 - 1994)*
James Martin Dwan (1947 - 1993)*
Created by: Emery Metzler
Record added: Mar 11, 2012
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