(By the way, my maiden name is Dewees so he may even be in my line!)
Sept. 4, 2001, 11:47PM
Bill DeWeese, anchor for KTRH radio news
By JO ANN ZUŅIGA
Copyright 2001 Houston Chronicle
Bill DeWeese, a KTRH radio news anchor for more than a decade, died at home in his sleep Monday from an apparent heart attack. He was 53.
DeWeese left a legacy of reporters and others whom he mentored as well as a wide audience of listeners, said KTRH news director Bryan Erickson.
"The outpouring has been wonderful from our listeners, former colleagues, other media and political people he interviewed," Erickson said.
Former KTRH reporter John Cannon, now a Houston Police Department spokesman, said, "A mentor would be an understatement. Bill was a father figure and a wealth of information about the history of Texas and the armed services.
"He had such an authoritative voice, one you could trust that had confidence and calmness at the same time whether covering floods, war or any other disaster."
A 1966 graduate of Jefferson High School in San Antonio and formerly employed at KBUC radio in San Antonio, DeWeese served in the Army during the Vietnam War and the National Guard afterward.
"He was very proud of his military service," said former KTRH assistant news director Joe Householder, now media relations manager for the Vinson & Elkins law firm. "I learned a lot from him. His son (Britton) was in the Gulf War, so Bill brought home to us the issues of the war. It was like having an inside analyst who knew military strategy."
Because of DeWeese's pride in the military, his request to be cremated and that his ashes be spread at Fort Hood near Killeen came as no surprise to those who knew him.
Although born in Dayton, Ohio, on Feb. 7, 1948, DeWeese was also proud of Texas, where he came with his family at age 4.
DeWeese's wife of 16 years, Judy, said she and their 11-year-old son, Kenneth, went to New York for vacation this summer.
"Bill couldn't go, because he was working," said the Moore Elementary School teacher in the Cypress-Fairbanks district. "But even with the Statue of Liberty, Kenneth wasn't impressed and said what he heard his dad say all the time: `Pops is right. There's Texas, and then there's everyplace else,' "
Visitation for DeWeese is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. today and services at 10 a.m. Thursday at Klein Memorial Park Funeral Home, 16131 Champions Forest Drive at FM 1960.
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