Robert “Bob” Edward Dewey was born in Des Moines, Iowa on January 13, 1920. Bob passed away in Redding, California on January 8, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ada Enz; and brother, Charles Dewey.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Dewey; sons, Louie, Steven and David; daughter, Susan; and seven grandchildren.

Bob grew up in Walnut Creek, California. After graduating from high school, he ran a Richfield Service Station. He married Lois Cabus on August 16, 1941.

In 1944, Bob was part of the expeditionary forces to free Europe, landing at Saint Lo, France on D-day plus four.

In 1946, Bob and Lois purchased Brown’s Motor Lodge in Dunsmuir and renamed it Cave Springs, in honor of the cave and mineral springs below the cabins there by the river.

Bob was very active in the Dunsmuir United Methodist Church; and served on the Dunsmuir City Council, as a council person and as mayor. During this time he helped develop the current house numbering system that unified north and south Dunsmuir.

Bob’s greatest source of pride was his family, and he infused them with his sense of honesty, respect and fairness. His family grew up in a warm, loving home with Lois and Bob at its center.

Their son, Louie, and his family took over operation of Cave Springs in 1980, allowing Bob and Lois to retire.

Their retirement years were filled with visits with their children and grandchildren, and their grandchildren’s weddings as their extended family grew. Through it all, Bob continued to be the kindly guiding force for the family.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m. at the former First United Methodist Church on Oak Street in Dunsmuir. A pot-luck reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, PO Box 242, Dunsmuir, CA 96025 would be appreciated.