David D. Dewett
To Read about the Memorial History and View ~~~
~~ Chronological Photos scroll down the page
A few years ago our local Point Man Ministries
group checked with the Oregon Department of
Transportation (ODOT) regarding a stretch of highway to maintain
via the state Adopt-a-Highway
program. After waiting for sometime, our organization was offered to do
something more unusual. The state offered us the opportunity to Adopt-a-Wayside
just north of the McCullough Bridge
as you are heading north from North Bend, Oregon.
The icing was they said we could place a veterans memorial on the site as
long as it did not block the view of the Oregon
Dunes National Recreation Area or the McCullough
Bridge. We were thrilled to be presented with such a
(Left) - A photo taken by the USCG
per our request. Thanks Guys...!
(Right) - A Google satellite image.
Here is an aerial
photo of the wayside. It has an arched concrete curb the entire length of
the brownish road surface area:
Navy veteran, David
Dewett, immediately showed great interest in the wayside. He
began organizing work parties to tidy up the area. Small groups of
volunteers would go out and mow the lawn and pick up trash. Picnic tables
were placed on the site and the state erected this sign:
Shortly before being diagnosed with
lung cancer, David sort of chastised all of us at a meeting for not acting more
quickly on a design for the wayside. We were all humbled by his tough
accelerated and Brother Dave passed away on August 6, 2005. A Celebration
of Life was held for him at his home on South Lakeside.
Many showed to pay their respects. During the time of mourning it was
decided to honor Dave with the "David Dewett
Memorial Wayside". His family is very grateful for our
thoughts regarding David.
It was with great
sadness that we reported that Dave's wife,
Lynette Roseveare DeWett, passed away as a result of a single car
accident on March 4, 2007. May she rest is peace with Dave...
David Durham made this sign
to place at the Wayside.
Large Boulders were donated by
Sam Main (L) of the Main Rock Quarry.
Mark Winders on the right sizing up
the front end loader.
Veterans' and War
Memorial Grants Progam
The 73rd Oregon Legislative
Assembly adjourned the day before David Dewett passed away. In their
legislative session they passed House Bill 2739 that allows for the following:
"State funding assistance made available from
State Parks and Recreation to nonprofit veterans' organizations for constructing
and restoring veterans and war memorials located on public property."
Our local Point Man Ministries outreach is a "nonprofit"
organization and the property is "public". We view
this as an answer to prayer and a real blessing. Point Man will be
applying for funding when the program begins in January 2006.
Views from the Future Memorial
~~~ We have some Fresh & Wonderful 2008 news. ~~~
lifetime resident, Owner and President of West
Coast Contractors (WCC) in Coos Bay, heard about the
in 2007 he was moved in a special way. Dave appointed his
Superintendent, Dave Gerlach, to
investigate into what it would take to encourage a group of
local and state contractors/unions to
garner enough support to complete
of the project. Through the ensuing months both Dave's tackled the
idea with great zeal. We are thrilled to announce that they, with
the assistance of many volunteers, have succeeded...! We received a
of Commitment for $47,788.82 from West Coast Contractors
dated February 6, 2008.
Phase I will consist of the
excavation, form work and all concrete that will become the
rough base for the memorial. Weather permitting, the construction
will in late March or early April of 2008.
After brainstorming for months our
Point Man DDVMW Committee submitted a
grant application to the Veterans' and War
Memorial Grants program, which is sponsored by the
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).
The total request submitted in December 2007 for
Phase II was $63,000.00, which included
20% in Matching Funds by our
organization. We are extremely happy to announce that the
Veterans and War Memorial Grants committee
authorized the maximum grant of $50,400.00
on March 13, 2008...!
Once all signatures are in
place on the grant we will begin ordering the Granite slabs and Engraving.
Central Lincoln People's Utility District
will install a power pole and Reese Electric
will connect to it as well as do the electrical portion of the project.
We are confident that Phases I & II
will be completed by mid-summer.
Point Man Outpost 101 is already planning for
Phase III of the memorial. We would
like to refine the project with more benches,
bronze plaques, a
walkways and more
landscaping. Our organization will be responsible for
maintenance of the memorial
through the years as well so we are continuing to seek on going
donations of cash and/or paver bricks.
See donation/brick information below.
Here is a
Chronological Photo Gallery
of the Progress of the Memorial
Construction Page 2
Setting the Granite
Dedication Ceremony ~
Preparation - Paving, Curbs & Signs ~
Tables & Benches
Grading & Paving ~
Veterans Day Memorial - 2009
Tributes placed at the Memorial
Work Party - Blue Star Planter
Small Flags & Miscellaneous ~
Work Party - Brick Replacement
5th Anniversary Veterans Tribute -
Photos of the
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Paver Bricks ~~
If you or your business would
like to donate to the
David Dewett Veterans Memorial Wayside
then we will thankfully accept your gift and apply 100%
of it to the designated project.
do not desire to pay using
PayPal below then
CLICK HERE **
a PDF Paver Brick Form that
you can fill out and Mail to Point Man.
Please send donations
or checks/money orders for Paver Bricks
Man Ministries - DDVMW
2196 N 14th St
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
may now use PayPal to Order your
Personalized Paver Brick to honor your
Veteran or Veterans and/or to
Donate directly to the DDVMW Fund.
you are purchasing one or more Paver Bricks then please do so one at a
time. You can then contact Point Man using the following email address to
provide us with your Brick inscription information, mail it to us at the above
address or we will contact you via email once you have placed your order:
You may order up to 3 more lines on the
8" x 8" bricks for an additional $10.00 per line. Personalized logos are
available for an additional charge. Please contact us directly before purchasing
Bricks with the extra lines.