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Dewey Schulenberg

Dewey Schulenberg

Aug. 1, 1924-March 1, 2014

Duane "Dewey" Schulenberg, LCDR, retired, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Fallbrook, Calif., at the age of 89, following a brief illness.

Dewey was born to Herman and Agnes (nee Tweeton) Schulenberg on August 1, 1924, in Fargo. He graduated from Fargo High School in 1942. Like many of his generation, he joined the Navy in 1943. He completed Pilot Training in 1944, Navy Photographer School in 1948, and Navy Supervisors School in 1952.

As a young pilot in a photo squadron, he traveled to Saudi Arabia, Japan, Guam, Egypt, Okinawa, and India. Dewey married Judith Gerber, of Plymouth, Wis., on July 7, 1951.

Dewey's Navy career took the family to Florida, Hawaii (two times) San Diego (three times) Texas and Maryland. He served two tours on the Oriskany during the Vietnam War. Following a wonderful second tour of duty in Hawaii, Dewey retired from the Navy in 1965.

During his first "retirement," he enjoyed being a small business owner as well as working for Altendorf America, which allowed him to continue to travel and see the world.

He retired for the second time in 1998. During this chapter of his life he volunteered at the Chula Vista Nature Center, the San Diego Blood Bank, and at the Hjemkomst Museum in Moorhead. He loved to haul his boat back to Detroit Lake to fish and golf, often arriving before the last snow had melted.

He and Judy, their children and grandchildren spent wonderful weeks at the lake often staying at Fair Hills Resort. Dewey retained a strong affection for Minnesota and North Dakota. He placed high value on his friends in Fargo and stayed in touch through phone and e-mail.

Dewey was buried with full military honors on March 6, 2014. The ceremony was a moving tribute to the pride he felt in his military service. It was very emotional for all who attended. A memorial service was held at St. Mark's Lutheran in Chula Vista on March 22, 2014. He and Judy were early members of the church and he faithfully supported them long after he was unable to attend.

The memorial was attended by family, long-time friends in the area and a cherished friend, Jack Bradford, who had served with him in 1950 in Arabia. Jack flew himself over from Colorado to attend in his own plane.

Preceding him in death were his parents, wife Judy and son Eric.

He is survived by daughters Sarah Miller and Abby Kogler, son-in-law Jurgen Kogler, M.D., and grandchildren Andrew, Carolyn, Hannah, Emma, Amanda and Ava.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in his name is asked to choose one of the groups that support military life-Wounded Warriors, USO, or a local veteran's support group.

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