Geralg Hewett

Gerald Richard "Dick" Hewett

April 1, 1928 — April 8, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Tillamook, OR

Celebration of Life

Graveside Service

Gerald Richard “Dick” Hewett was born in Tillamook, Oregon on April 1, 1928 to Gerald and Viola Hewett.  There he was raised with younger sister Molly, where they enjoyed the company of nearby relatives including cousin Fred Brauti who was raised in Wheeler, Oregon.  His early years included a memorable fishing trip by railroad with cousin Fred and uncle Earl Brauti.  He returned from the burned forest of the coastal range with many fish but covered from head to toe in soot. 

At about age 8 the family moved their pharmacy business to Lebanon, Oregon.  His years in Lebanon showed a continued love for outdoor activities including scouting and working as a forest fire lookout in the hills above town.  In scouting he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Other activities included basketball at school and berry picking in the summer.  He was also an excellent student. 

After graduating from Lebanon High School in 1946, Dick attended Oregon State University, where he met his bride-to-be, Fawn Brooks.  While engaged to Fawn, Dick went on to Dental School at Oregon Health Sciences University.  Also, he enlisted in the Army during this time.  Following graduation Dick returned from boot camp one day prior to his wedding to Fawn.  They were married in Portland on September 10, 1950 and then were sent to Letterman’s Army Hospital in San Francisco for dental residency.  In 1952 he was assigned to Camp Hanford near Richland, Washington. 

During his time at Camp Hanford, son David Richard was born on September 30, 1953, followed by Paul Brian on July 14, 1955.  After honorable discharge from the Army, Dick set up a private practice for children’s dentistry in Richland.  Soon after daughter Sally Jean was born on October 31, 1957.  She would later follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming a dentist.

While raising a family in Richland, Dick participated in many community activities including fund raising for the construction of the YMCA pool.  He also became an astute investor; a skill he would use later in life to manage the portfolio for the cemetery fund.  

Outdoor activities would also be a continued theme in his life.  He signed the family up as charter members of the then new Sham-Na-Pum Golf Course in Richland.  In the winter months ski trips to Spout Springs, Mission Ridge, Anthony Lake, and Big Mountain provided great enjoyment for the family.  Water skiing and picnics with family friends were a mainstay of the summer months. For Thanksgiving the family would travel to Lebanon, Oregon for wonderful times with his parents and sister Molly and her family.  A vacation in 1967 took the family to Washington DC.  As the kids left the nest, Dick and Fawn were able to travel abroad for many memorable vacations. Trips to Italy, Brazil, Japan, Singapore followed, but their favorite was to Africa. 

During his years as a dentist Dick joined a dental study club with four other dentists.  As they shared expertise and grew in their careers, they became lifelong friends.  He also found time to pursue and obtain a private pilot’s license.  In later years, Dick attended the Masters Golf tournament three times.  After retirement he joined another group of friends who would meet every Tuesday morning at the Spudnut Shop.

Dick lived a very full life.  He loved the fact that he was born on April Fools Day and looked forward to it with delight.  He is survived by his wife Fawn, sister Molly Hopkins, children Dave (Mary Jo), Paul (Sandy), Sally (Dan Meyer), grandchildren Jonathan (Aubre), Alex (Allison), Julie, Jason, and Alisa. 

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Boy Scouts of America, or YMCA.  Services will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens Event Center at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 13.  All those who knew him are welcome.

Guestbook for

Gerald Richard "Dick" Hewett

  • On behalf of the Hewett family, I would like to express our deepest gratitude for all who have supported us throughout this time. The notes you have shared below, the cards you have sent, and your many caring thoughts and prayers have meant so much to all of us. You have helped us remember what a very special husband, dad, and grandpa we had. He blessed our lives with commitment, care, and compassion which we will treasure forever. Thank you again for your kindness. Paul Hewett

    Paul Hewett
    April 18, 2019
    Burien, WA
  • Dear Fawn and Family, We want to express our most sincere condolences in the passing of a fine gentleman who had become a good friend over the past several months. As residents of Bonaventure, we often shared mealtimes at the same table and had many interesting conversations about our histories, travels and current events – and Dick was our children’s dentist. We will surely miss him With warmest regards, Ben and Mary Johnson

    Ben & Mary Johnson
    April 13, 2019
    Bonaventure - Tri Cities
  • Dear Fawn, Dave, Paul, and Sally, We are but one family touched by the kindness and generosity of "Dr. Dick" and by all of you. Walt and Ruthye Hampson, with their three children Linda, Lana, and Tom, have very fond memories of a long-ago friendship forged by connections with Hanford in the mid 1950s. Your love of family, your commitment to community, and your loyalty to friends were among the earliest blessings for a family newly transplanted from Southern Missouri in 1956. We are all grateful for your continued friendship to Mom over the years, Fawn, and to both you and Dick for your open-hearted support of brother Tom in his career. We are all sad for this world to lose the beautiful spirit of your Lifelong Love and Father. We are, however, more grateful than we can express that we enjoyed a place in his large circle of friends. With love to you All, Linda and Tom Emmerson

    Linda Hampson Emmerson
    April 13, 2019
    College Place, WA
  • Will miss conversation with Dick at Bonaventure! He was a very interesting man!

    Dave Mullen
    April 12, 2019
  • The Hewetts and the Gladstones had a close friendship for over 60 years. Our parents, Wayne and Doris Gladstone, considered Fawn and Dick their best friends. They shared countless good times through social activities, dinners at home or at the Tri-City Country Club, bridge, golf, and even a trip to Italy. Dick was our dentist when we were kids, and, my goodness, he was patient with us. He provided the best dental care! My husband Joe recalls enjoyable golf games and investment discussions with Dick who was smart and wise, yet unassuming. I fondly remember Dick’s ever-cheerful chuckle and “by golly” expression. He was an exceptionally good man and we will cherish his memory. May you find comfort in knowing that someone as special as Dick will never be forgotten.

    Candace Gladstone Devary
    April 11, 2019
  • Dr Hewitt was such a good man and a great friend to my parents. To put my plea to heaven in Dr Hewitt's words, "Open up!"

    Brian Gladstone
    April 11, 2019
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    Brian Gladstone
    April 11, 2019
  • What a beautiful tribute to a special person. There are so many memories of good times with all of the family----holidays in Richland, vacations at the beach, summer picnics. And when I was in need of directions and help in working out business situations, Dick was there to offer wise suggestions. It's a tribute to him that his daughter and a granddaughter were inspired to also become dentists. Dick truly cared about those he knew.

    Jean Nixon
    April 11, 2019
    Forest Grove, Oregon
  • Your tribute to Cousin Dick is a masterpiece! How I wish Cousin Fred were still with us to enjoy it as much as we do. I remember all the Hewett Thanksgivings in Lebanon when the dining table stretched from one end of the house to the other. Aunt Vi was a wonderful cook and homemaker. Cousin Dick made a big contribution to my sister Judy’s career decision making, steering her to dental hygiene, where she enjoyed a fine career. The Hewett family has always valued personal responsibility, education for both boys and girls, and solid families. We say goodbye in the past month to two exemplary Hewett men, Fred Brauti and Dick Hewett. Such losses we bear......

    Jean Hewett Conklin
    April 10, 2019
    Eugene, Oregon
  • Dear Fawn & family--- We are both in the midst of saying "good-bye" to our beloved husband, father, & grandfather. I share your sorrow & grief & regret not being able to attend Dick's funeral. My brother & nephew are flying in from Ohio on Saturday to attend Fred's family service on Monday. My thoughts, love, & memories of Dick will be with you! I am so grateful to have know such a wonderful cousin who was highly regarded by Fred. I heard many wonderful stories about their times together! Love, Mary Mary

    Mary Brauti
    April 10, 2019
    Corvallis, OR.

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