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.

  1. As the Hart, About to Falter
  2. Blest Be the God of Israel
  3. Hallelujah! Praise Ye God!
  4. How Blessed Are the Perfect in the Way
  5. Jehovah Reigns as King
  6. Let All Exalt Jehovah’s Goodness
  7. Lord, I Will Sing with Rapturous Rejoicing
  8. My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord
  9. My Soul Was Glad
  10. Now May Thy Servant, Lord
  11. O Bless the Lord, My Soul, with All Thy Power
  12. O Lord, How Swiftly Grows
  13. Our Father, Clothed with Majesty
  14. Out of the Depths of Sadness
  15. Praise the Lord, Ye Lands
  16. Sing, Sing a New Song to Jehovah
  17. Sing, Sing a New Song to the Lord God
  18. Song of Simeon
  19. Spacious Heavens Laud, The
  20. Ten Commandments, The
  21. Unto the Hills I Lift Mine Eyes
  22. With All My Heart Will I Record