|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1939|
|Death: ||May 5, 2008|
Dewain C Adkison, age 68, was born June 24, 1939 in Tribune, MO. His courageous battle with cancer ended May 5, 2008 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, MO.
He was the eldest son of Lewie C. and Lucy (Vaughan) Adkison. Shortly after his birth, the creation and construction of Ft. Leonard Wood forced the family to relocate to the farming community of Solo, Missouri where Dewain grew to adulthood along with two sisters and a brother. After graduating from Houston High School in 1957, he continued his education at the University of Missouri in Columbia and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry in 1963.
While attending the university, he was active in the Christian Student Church where he met and later married Polly Sue Penn, of San Antonio, Texas, on December 27, 1964.
They moved to Houston, Missouri where Dewain worked for Farmers Production Credit Association until 1984 when he became an investment and insurance professional until 2007. He enjoyed the challenges that went with the new career, but mostly he loved people and giving a helping hand whenever he could. Dewain was also active in the community. One of his highest personal achievements was serving as President of the Houston Senior Board and helping with the design, building and funding of the Houston Senior Center.
As a child, he and his siblings would spend several hours each day milking and working in other aspects of the family farm near Solo. As an adult, he was proud of his farm roots and remained in the agriculture industry as a cattle producer. He was one of the first to introduce the forage crop Caucasian Bluestem to the area, a task which earned him a spot in the 1974 Yearbook of Agriculture.
He was a ‘want-a-be.' He wanted to spend time with family and friends. He wanted to fish. He wanted to work with wood and he wanted to travel, all feats that he accomplished. In 2002, Dewain and Polly purchased an RV trailer and spent the next few years covering thousands of miles including a trip to the nations capitol, a cruise through the Caribbean and a couple of trips to the wilderness of Alaska. His life long dream was to pan for gold in Alaska and to catch big fish, and he did both. As a member of the Mark Twain Good Sam Club, he enjoyed traveling with new friends, learning new games, and seeing new places. The RV was always heavy with different species of wood he gathered from their travel adventures. Along with the collection of "timber chunks," there were dreams of how he could turn each piece into something extra special including ink pens, walking sticks, shelves and other items that he shared with friends and family.
Dewain was a member of the Houston United Methodist Church. He was saved as a young man and baptized at Simmons.
Dewain is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Arlene Creason; two nieces, Darla Knight and Cheri Creason; and a daughter-in-law, Angela Adkison.
He is survived by his wife, Polly of the home; a daughter, Janet Adkison of Carrollton, Missouri; a son, David Dewain Adkison, his wife, Amy, grandsons, Caleb and Brody Dewain Adkison of Houston; a sister, Darlene Knight and husband, Chester, of Fair Grove, Missouri; a brother, Dwight Adkison and wife, Reta, of Houston; brother-in-law, Jim Creason of Houston, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Dewain's memory to either the TCMH Healthcare Foundation for the development of a Family Resource Center, or the Houston Senior Center, or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com
Services were held Friday May 9, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at the Houston United Methodist Church with Pastor Tom Tomlinson officiating. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Married Dec. 7, 1964.
Pine Lawn Cemetery
Maintained by: Polly Adkison
Originally Created by: Robert J. Stauffer Jr.
Record added: May 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26816617