Francis Lee Lewis, FC3/c

Served onboard USS RUSH

1952 thru 1954

DDR-714 Plank Owner

FLeeLewis_01.jpg courtesy of John DeFranco, circa 1953
Francis Lee Lewis, FC3/c

Recently John Buglione received information from Frank Loy about the passing of F. Lee Lewis on September 9, 2007. John has spoken with Lee's wife, Carolyn, expressing our condolences to her.

The following obituary was published in the Charleston, Illinois newspaper The Times-Courier on Tuesday, September 11, 2007:

VFWofUS.jgp Francis Lee Lewis
1930 - 2007
Charleston, Illinois

Francis Lee Lewis, age 77 of Charleston, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2007 at his home. Memorial Services honoring and celebrating his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday (September 12) at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive in Charleston. Visitation will be held Wednesday afternoon for one hour prior to the Services. Inurnment will follow at a later date.

Lee was born July 25, 1930 in Wellston, Missouri the son of Lee B. and Thelma (Rigby) Lewis. He was united in marriage to Carolyn Carnahan on December 21, 1952 in Farmington, Missouri. He is survived by Carolyn, his loving and devoted wife of nearly fifty-five years; two daughters, Fraun Lewis and her husband Steve Shirley of Charleston and Laura Anderson of DeKalb, Illinois; six grandchildren, Dru, David, Marti, Megan, Erin and Emily; two great-grandsons, Alex and Zach; a daughter-in-law, Missy Lewis of Ramsey, Minnesota; a sister, Carla McDowell of Charlotte, North Carolina; a brother, Mike Lewis and his wife Gena of Cosby, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews; and Walt Vincent whom Lee thought of as a son. In addition to his parents Lee was preceded by a son, Chad Lewis.

Lee was a graduate of the University of Missouri where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. He was a United States Navy Korean War Veteran serving aboard the USS William R. Rush (DD 714) and was currently a member of the USS William R. Rush Association. For many years he was employed by Abbott Labs located in the Chicago area earning the title of Packaging Engineer and was an instrumental member of the product design team until his retirement in 1992. Lee was always considered an outdoors man enjoying the sports of hunting and fishing. As an avid fisherman many trophies were received if not as a result of his expertise certainly as a result of his perseverance. He also enjoyed the art of woodworking and loved playing cards as he and Carolyn were members of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Bridge Guild. He enjoyed the game of baseball and coached Little League for six years.

Following his retirement Lee and Carolyn lived in Dalton, Georgia for a time where he began enjoying playing pool but several years ago relocated to Charleston to be near Fraun and her family. Lee was always a devoted and loving husband and dad, and a doting grandpa and great-grandpa. He was also a true friend to many and enjoyed sharing his sense of humor and warm smile with everyone.

Lee's family requests that Memorials in his honor be made to the AGC of Minnesota Foundation (C. Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund); The First Presbyterian Church of Cohutta, Georgia or to the Charleston (Illinois) Food Pantry. Gifts may be left on the Memorial Table at the Visitation or Services or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Published in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, Charleston, Illinois, on 9/11/2007.
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