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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI

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Russell "Gene" Eugene Lewis

12 juin 19447 août 2020

Russell "Gene" Lewis passed away August 7, 2020. He was born June 12, 1944 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Russell and Garnet (Sickles) Lewis. He was the second born of four boys. As he was raised in Ohio, he played many sports including football and was in the Golden Gloves.

Gene married and moved to Michigan in 1964 in hopes of getting a job at General Motors. He worked for GM for over 39 years. Gene raised his family in Mason, Michigan where he was known in the community as a bowler, snowmobiler, Moose member and to the youth, "Coach". Gene coached little league football for nearly 20 years for the Eagles, having an undefeated season and even an unscored upon season. He later became president of the league. He was strict and fun loving at the same time.

Gene also had an entrepreneurial spirit about him. He had several different business opportunities from selling vitamins and health products, insurance and investments, to pop at work.

Gene was an avid Ohio State fan, as everyone knew. Go Buckeyes!

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; first wife, Wanda and son, Mitchell Shannon. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years, Patricia A. Lewis; son, Jeff; daughters, Nancy (Tom) Sinnaeve, and Tammy (Mike) Brownfield; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and brother, John (Vickie) Lewis; as well as, many nephews, nieces and other family.

Contributions in Gene's name may be made to Alzheimer's Association National Office 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL. 17 Chicago, IL 60601 or alz.org

Services

  • Visitation

    vendredi, 14 août , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    vendredi, 14 août , 2020

  • Committal Service

    vendredi, 14 août , 2020

Souvenirs

Russell "Gene" Eugene Lewis

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Barb Mastin

14 août , 2020

Nancy - Thinking of you and your family with love - Barb Mastin

Mike Griffith

13 août , 2020

Coach Lewis was the best coach I played for, as he knew how to do more than build a football team. Coach Lewis knew how to build character and confidence in young men. You felt like you accomplished something going through his practices, and it was always about "The Team." That's very difficult to achieve at any level, but particularly with young 7th and 8th grade boys experiencing the greatest social and physiological changes of their lives. As firm as Coach Lewis was, his players felt loved and respected. He was a man we all wanted to please, and I'll never forget the "Eagles" team I played for that went 8-0 and scored 198 points without allowing any points. Pretty remarkable. As much as that achievement was about the coaching, it was more about the way young men want to play for Coach Lewis, the person, the role model, the man. RIP, Coach.

Robby Cole

12 août , 2020

Amazing Man! I remember Coach Gene from the Eagles Undefeated and unscored on season. He had great knowledge of the game. I remember when he told me I could not be the running back or fullback as I was considerably over the weight limit for those positions ..Had a lot of fun and discipline that helped me mature and grow in sports . Thanks Coach!

Donald Kill

12 août , 2020

So sorry about Genes passing. First met him when I was helping Jim Pelton coach in the early 80’s.

Joan Mahley

12 août , 2020

What can I say about a brother-in-law who was always the life of the party, who never knew a stranger and loved life. Who married a woman who I now call my sister, who lovingly raised my niece and nephews.
Gene will be missed by so many.
RIP Gene.
Love
Joan

Jeff Lewis

12 août , 2020

For my favorite fishing story I remember being at tippy dam when snagging was leagle ( this is where you cast heavy sinkers with treble hooks across the river and yank and reel back to you)
So we cast to the opposite side while people on the other side cast to our side.
Well, after awhile it happened, someone from the other side caught dad's line so they both thought they had a fish and the tugg of war began..
The other guy was a mouthy one... yelling at everyone to get out the was he's got a monster....yes he did lol..cause dad handed me the pole about the same time everyone figured out they hooked each other...the mouthy guy was now swear at me so dad took the pole back and tightened down the drag on the 50 test waited for the guy to pull back then dad yanked and pulled the pull out of his hands.
Swearing up a storm he threatened to kick dad's butt... about 30 min later the loud mouth came down looking for dad whom was sitting on a log retying his line.
The asked where's the @#$&$# that took my pole.. they all point to dad and the guy marched over and said STAND UP SO I CAN KICK YOUR as dad stood the guy realized how big he was and said SO I CAN SHAKE YOUR HAND...

LOL

Jeff Lewis

12 août , 2020

In his nearly 20 years of coaching 6,7th & 8th grade football, the Eagles took first place all but 2 years where he took 2nd.
When he became president of the leave he raised enough money to get all brand new equipment for the kids with enough left over for all teams to celebrate the season.

I remember his rule that anyone could challenge him to do anything in practice that he required the kids to do...
If they one they didn't have to run the big lap at the end of practice, but when he won (I say when cause I never seen him lose) whomever challenged him had to do double..

I also have great hunting memories of him...
I did not like pheasant hunting with him though....lol . He was so fast that he was up n shooting before anyone else had their safteys off.

I remember one time deer hunting down at Pete Stids we were coming in for lunch when we hear a bunch of shooting, we turned to the sound and watched a six point trying along the fence row.
Now he was a damn good shot with that ole Remington 1100 with open sights and I watched him pull up and aim, I remember thinking that's gotta be over 100 yards then BANG and I watched the deer flinch but stayed right THERE BANG deer didn't move BANG it's just standing there BANG .......BANG......I watched n listen to him griping and using a few choice words while he fumbled for more bullets...
He reloaded and was starting to take aim when I shouted wait...( I was looking through binoculars)
We walked towards the deer guns ready when I noticed the problem, the deer was dead on the first shot.
The first shot knocked it into a stump with was holding it up...when we got to the deer it had a 5 shot group the size of my fist just behind the shoulder...
At 122 yards mind you with open sight..

Tod Miller

12 août , 2020

Love the man! His toughness as a peewee football coach helped mold me today! I don’t think I ever would’ve kept playing the game of football or coaching for 39 years had he not pushed me! He taught me that you need to find a way to help every athlete to succeed!

Vickie Diller McGinnis

12 août , 2020

So many memories, thow when I was near teenager, he played hide and seek with me and Jim and the neighborhood kids. He climbed on top of an awning and no one could find him. We had fun. Will miss you Gene.

Jason Wheeler

11 août , 2020

He was the best football coach I ever had. He was just an all around great guy!

DE LA FAMILLE

Biographie

Russell "Gene" Lewis passed away August 7, 2020. He was born June 12, 1944 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Russell and Garnet (Sickles) Lewis. He was the second born of four boys. As he was raised in Ohio, he played many sports including football and was in the Golden Gloves.

Gene married and moved to Michigan in 1964 in hopes of getting a job at General Motors. He worked for GM for over 39 years. Gene raised his family in Mason, Michigan where he was known in the community as a bowler, snowmobiler, Moose member and to the youth, "Coach". Gene coached little league football for nearly 20 years for the Eagles, having an undefeated season and even an unscored upon season. He later became president of the league. He was strict and fun loving at the same time.

Gene also had an entrepreneurial spirit about him. He had several different business opportunities from selling vitamins and health products, insurance and investments, to pop at work.

Gene was an avid Ohio State fan, as everyone knew. Go Buckeyes!