Dewey Schley McLelland

McLelland, Dewey

Dewey Schley McLelland, age 91, passed away June 21, 2014 in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He was born to Dewey McLelland and Lillian Dowers McLelland on October 17, 1922 in Liberal, KS. As a young boy he grew up in Independence, Mo, raised by his mother and step-father, Charles McLelland. After marriage he moved to Blue Springs, MO where he raised his family. For the past 30 years Dewey has been a resident of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Survivors include his brother Landon, his sons Alvie and Bruce, his daughter Gail, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He enjoyed his life-long career as an over the road truck driver for over 40 years and was a member of the Teamsters Union. In retirement, he drove for the State of Missouri Council of the Blind for 17 years and was Santa Claus for 6 years. Dewey was a world traveler – took 21 cruises and lived his life to the fullest. He served in the Merchant Marines at Pearl Harbor, HI and was an active member of the American Legion Post #21 in Independence, Mo and the Moose Lodge #10 in Sugar Creek, MO.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Remembrances/memorials may be made to the American Legion Post #21.



  1. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on July 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. McLelland. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  2. Dave Barnes on June 30, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Dewey was a good neighbor. I will miss our talks
    at the fence by the fish pond.

  3. Julie Collins on June 26, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Dewey was a dental patient in the office of Dr. Mark Hartter for many, many years. We truly enjoyed Dewey’s appointments that were filled with stories of trucking, and cruises and dancing! He was truly one of a kind! He will be missed.

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