Leaving a Legacy - Bob & Rene' Dewald

“Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:34

Bob and Rene’ Dewald have dedicated their lives to having a servant’s heart. They had lived most of their married life in Montana and both have always been involved in giving in one way or another.  For 30 years Rene’ was in charge of recruiting volunteers at church for the children’s programs and was the Director and lead teacher at the preschool program that she helped develop at that church. Bob worked as a substation operator at a power station and was always involved in volunteer work through their church. Bob retired in 2011 and Rene’ was forced to retire in 2013 due to health issues and a fall in the classroom. She was diagnosed with Lupus, Graves’ Disease, Sjogren’s Disease, and dealt with affects from asbestos exposure.  

Bob & Rene’ made yearly trips to Wooster, Ohio to visit their son and his family. In 2013 during their visit they decided to take a look at West View’s Independent Living as they were beginning to think about being closer to family and their future needs due to Rene’s health issues. They immediately felt connected to West View’s campus due to being a faith based and not for profit community.  “It was a God thing” that everything just fell into place and they moved in to one of the Independent Villas on April 1, 2014. The Dewalds state they feel a sense of community at West View and people who live in a community should participate in the community. They both volunteer on campus 2 days a week…Rene’ on the Bridges Memory Care neighborhood and Bob doing 1:1 visits, helping with bingo and leading “The Townsmen” group once a month. They also enjoy interacting and developing friendships with the other people who live in the Villa’s.

Rene’ was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the last year and also fell and broke her arm. Despite all of her physical issues, she continues to volunteer and feels that no matter what condition a person is in there is something they can do to make a difference. She feels giving to others helps her to take her mind off of her physical impairments and is helping to delay further impairments. The Dewalds also feel the importance of giving financially to support the mission and make a monthly contributions to the West View organization. “It’s our way of life”, we don’t want to just live here but we want to be invested spiritually, financially and socially.