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DeWees, Rev. Jack M.

DeWees, Rev. Jack M.

January 21, 1950 — November 19, 2020

Jack Milton DeWees, Jr. was born into life on January 21st, 1950 and he was born into Eternal Life on November 19th, 2020. Jack was born in Portland, Oregon. He spent his many adolescent years in the St. Louis Area. A graduate of Maplewood High School, Jack went on to college at William Jewell College where he was a member of the Theater, Kappa Alpha Order fraternity and other organizations. It was at William Jewell College where he met the love of his life, Janie Williams (DeWees). The two were married in March of 1970 and spent 46 loving years together. Jack and Jane had two boys, Jack M. DeWees III and James M. DeWees. Liberty, Missouri was where they called home.

Jack was always active in the community. From a Little League Coach to his kids, Scoutmaster of Troop 374 for many years, Honorary Warrior of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, Community Theater, President of the Liberty Blue Jays Booster Club, Member of the Alumni Board for William Jewell College, there wasn’t an organization he didn’t belong to or didn’t get involved with. He was also the voice of the Liberty Blue Jays Football Team and was the Famous Blue Jay Mascot on several occasions. Jack found his passion to serve the Lord in early 2000. He was Pastor at the Liberty United Methodist Church and the Zion United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Even upon his retirement from the church, he was still called upon by God to do His work in the community.

Jack was an extremely proud of his grandchildren, Jack M. DeWees IV (Jay) and Joshua P. DeWees. He was also proud of his many nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives. Jack will always be remembered as a shining light, a beacon of goodness and joy, bringing life to all who had come to him. He was the shoulder to cry on, the laugh you needed to hear, the friend and pastor to all.

Visitation will be from 10-11:30AM, with services to follow at 11:30AM, Saturday, July 24 at Liberty United Methodist Church Sunset Campus, 1001 Sunset Ave., Liberty, Missouri.

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Visitation will be from 10-11:30AM, with services to follow at 11:30AM, Saturday, July 24 at Liberty United Methodist Church Sunset Campus, 1001 Sunset Ave., Liberty, Missouri.

DeWees, Rev. Jack M.'s Guestbook

At the beginning of Jack’s sermons he would ask, “ Did you hear the birds singing this morning?” Yes Jack we do, along with the angels.

John and Debra Slaughter

Sending my thoughts and prayers to the DeWees family. I am so sorry for your loss! Stay strong and cherish the memories you all have had together!

Charles Dutcher

We just heard from Janet about your loss and we send our love and sympathy.

Rebecca Story, Joan Nuessgen, Mary Gilkerson

God bless the DeWees family at this time of great sorrow. He is now with the angels and will be in your hearts forever.

Bob drexler

Pastor Jack knew no strangers and was there to help without being asked. We didn't know Pastor Jack as long as others but in the short time we knew Pastor Jack we never forgot him. He was definitely larger than life and will be missed. Our condolences to the family and may your memories comfort you in the days ahead. We will look forward to the celebration of Pastor Jack life.

Mr/Mrs. Danny L. Steiner

The Hammond family loves this kind, gentle, loving man. When our own Baptist Church in Liberty didn’t lift a finger, make a call, visit or do anything when my wife, Nancy, was stricken with cancer and in the hospital in grave condition, Jack Dewees heard about it, came to her bedside, prayed with us and organized meals and visits for her and our family through the loving members of Liberty United Methodist church! He was there for me when I saw my business fail and the trouble that followed. He married our second son, Daniel, and his wife Jenny. This selfless, giving man will be missed, but I have no doubt his reward in heaven and reunion with Jane is a joyous, glorious thing. God bless you Jack, and all of your family.

Tommy Hammond

Jack was an amazing man. He always had a smile on his face, and could make you laugh. He was a good Christian and wonderful friend. He is again joined with the love of his life, Jane!

Betty Bell

Pastor Jack has always been one of our favorite ministers. He could always lift your spirits with his smile and kind words. He touched so many lives and showed us how to love Jesus in our everyday activities. He will be greatly missed by all. Pastor Jack will always be with us everyday mostly in the morning when we hear the birds singing. We love you Pastor Jack DeWees. ❤️

Glenn and Betty Miller

Rest in peace. Jack and I attended high school together. He was a gentleman and a scholar. It was my pleasure to know him.

Judy Wachter Elmore

What an amazing man, and a wonderful personality. I loved hearing his sermons. Pastor Jack married my husband and I at Zion on 5-21-11. We all wore our cardinal shirts. We even got a shirt for him to wear. He will be missed.

Lisa and John Dugan

It was my pleasure to have known Jack since the 7th grade at Maplewood Junior High School. He was a gentleman in every way and a joy to spend time with. We went different ways after high school but met again when he came to pastor Zion Methodist Church. He encouraged me to join the choir, and Jane and I held down the tenor section until they returned to Liberty. I'm sure they are rejoicing now in Heaven and singing Jesus' praises.

Roy Dapron

Pastor Jack was a treasure and a blessing to our family! Both of my parents thought the world of him. He spent a great deal of time with each of them and with our family in their final weeks of failing health. Heartfelt condolences to the family. He will be missed for sure.

Mike and Jennifer Wilson

I am so saddened by the passing of Pastor Jack. He and Jane were my Sunday School teachers at LUMC as an adult. He has been instrumental in my walk with Christ. He recently performed services at my husband’s funeral and daughter’s wedding. Reconnecting with this amazing man has been a gift. Condolences to the DeWeese family.

Sonya Vickers

I was shocked and saddened to see news of Jack's passing. I knew him through Scouts, to which he devoted much time. He was always quick to greet with a smile and a warm handshake. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Philip Symmonds

Jack and Jane were a delight to my life and to my daughter's life. We are so grateful that God put us in touch and allowed us to know these two wonderful people. Jack once told me that "If we believe what we say we believe, then we are not sad when someone goes to Heaven." I am holding onto that advice. Jack, you will be missed.

Kaye A Rueschhoff

Pastor Jack will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him!! I loved his enthusiasm and zest for life! Almost every sermon he preached he always asked us “Did ya hear the birds singing this morning?” He also got to hold my parrot Cosmo on one of the. “pet blessings.” He performed a wonderful memorial service for my Grandmother & had tracked down a bunch of information on what was happening on the year she was born. Both Jack & Jane are once again dancing and laughing & being wonderful ambassadors for Christ! They both were very Awesome in their work for the Lord & their Churches! The Lord is definitely saying “Well Done Faithful Servants, WELL DONE!” God Bless You Both! God Bless Your Wonderful Family as well! It’s very hard to say goodbye to Dear Friends!! But I believe we’ll all be together again, and rejoicing in the Lord & ALL his majesty!! And Jack always ended his sermons with “Nuff Said!” What an awesome, inspiring man!!

Karen and Mark LaROSA

Rest in Peace, Pastor Jack and condolences to the DeWees Family. I am sure he is with Jane now.

William Bland

Jack was a dear friend. He was a caring pastor. He was outgoing and served faithfully for many years. He will be missed by many of us who knew him.


Condolences to your family from ours. Pastor Jack was a great guy who loved God and loved people. He leaves a legacy of love here in STL.

Cathy Connoley

Pastor Jack lead our Coffee with the Pastor meetings when we joined the church 2004. His personality and welcoming spirit was a big reason we joined. He will be missed by so many whose lives he touched.

Mike and Michel Ann Kaiser

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