May 17, 1899, Holland, Michigan.
October 15, 1979, Wyoming, Michigan.
Winchester Cemetery, Byron Center, Michigan.
Dewey was the son of Douwe Jans Westra and Jantje Minnema, and husband of Nellie Koetje. He attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He served as a principal of Christian schools in Byron Center and Detroit in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1940s he held various positions, including that of a diesel instructor at Ford Motor Company. He returned to education in 1947, as a principal in Sioux Center, Iowa; Randolph, Wisconsin; and Walker, Michigan. He was known as a poet, not only in English, but also in Dutch and Frisian. In addition, he versified all of the Psalms, the Lord’s Prayer, and the songs of Mary, Zechariah and Simeon.