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Lake View Funeral Home & Lake View Memorial Gardens

5000 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL

OBITUARY

Ernest Lewis

March 2, 1936September 14, 2020
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Chief Master Sergeant, Ret., Ernest Leon Lewis, 84, of O’ Fallon, Illinois, passed away on September 14, 2020. He was born in Brownfield, Texas on March 2, 1936.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Foy P. and Verva “Marie” Shephard.

Ernest is survived by wife, Sharrie (Simonson) Lewis of O’ Fallon, Illinois, daughter Gayla (Angelino) Cutshaw of Imperial, Missouri, son Roger Lewis of Louisville, Kentucky. He is further survived by grandson, Shane Cutshaw of Imperial, Missouri, sisters Wilene Wright, Betty Lewis, Maralyn Butler and brother Charles Lewis.

Ernest was a Morse Code Telegrapher for the Railroad, he then found his true calling when he joined the United States Air Force from which he retired after 30 of service as a Chief Master Sergeant.

He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends who loved him.

Memorial donations may be made to alz.org. Additional condolences may be sent to the family at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com.

VISITATION: A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 10:00 A.M- 12:00 P.M. at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, IL. Military honors will be rendered at 12:00 P.M.

Cremation rites will be accorded following visitation.

Services

22 September

Visitation

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lake View Funeral Home


Fairview Heights, Illinois

22 September

Military Honors

12:00 pm

Lake View Funeral Home


Fairview Heights, Illinois

Memories

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maralyn butler

September 17, 2020

To my Brother who told me many years ago that he was alpha and I was omega. So Ernie, I write this last letter of love to you as Omega.
I have so many memories Even though Being 15 years younger I missed out on growing up with you. But I remember being so very proud of you when living in Lubbock and on visits when stationed in other places seeing you in uniform going to work each day. Then as time passed we built a bond. So much that when dad died, you filled his shoes listening, talking, and offering advise to help me get through my trials of life. For years Every phone call was special and we would laugh and cry together. Our long walks when we were together I will never forget. But Father Time was cruel and Alz took you away. Our last visit with you in the Alz facility will stay with me Forever. Betty and I sang church hymns, and sang along with Gaither tapes. You would sing a few words with us and we could see tears in your eyes ...then you’d look into our eyes and smile. Just for a fleeting moment you knew I was there holding your hand. As you sat in your own world for the past many months what you didn’t know Is you were never alone.. you were surrounded by the angels of mercy preparing you for this day. You have always been dedicated to our Father in heaven , and now you sit as his right side. Hallelujah!
I love you and wish I could feel that good loving big brother hug one more time. We will be ok here on earth for awhile longer.
I cherish all the memories we made. I will miss making more but will see you again.........someday.
Your Omega.....Maralyn

Betty Lewis

September 16, 2020

I will miss those wonderful hugs only Ernie could give. I will miss our long detailed conversations and hearing him laugh and giving a wink! I am thankful that God chose Ernie to be the firstborn of we siblings as he paved the way by him serving his Country; by his example and sincere compassion for others; by his leadership not only in the military but also in his beloved church. I will miss him saying " I was his favorite" when we talked and knew he would say that to all his siblings. And at the time we were talking he made sure I was his favorite at that time just as he did to the others when talking to them! He was the epitome of a Christ servant and was joyous as he served. He loved gospel songs and would tear up in singing them. He loved his family and extended family. He was excited about meeting Jesus face to face and I am so thankful he is now in the arms of Jesus! I love you big brother! See you again one of these days and I will expect a big hug and a wink .

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Biography

Dear Friends…
Our journey through life has a beginning and an end. What we see as the end of life isn’t an end, but a change. The existence we know happens between the cradle and the grave. Open your eyes and see that life goes on far past this world.

During my time with you, I didn’t see or do all the things that I would have wanted, but each day I was given a gift to be cherished, not a reward to be paid. God blessed me with many great and wonderful days. He blessed me with the love of a wonderful woman and two beautiful children. Don’t think for a moment that I was in any way cursed or shorted. I was blessed far above my worthiness, and I praise God for all he gave me.

God didn’t cut my life short…He knew from the beginning what was planned for me. I didn’t fully understand the wisdom of his plan, but now see it more clearly. Earthly eyes see only a glimpse of God’s awesome plan for mankind. The life he gives us is not ours to keep, but to use a short time for his glory.

On this day, as you come together to remember me, I pray that my memory brings smiles instead of tears. Please don’t grieve for me…I’ve overcome the bonds of this Earth and passed into the spiritual realm, where there is no pain or suffering. Now I can fully serve and worship our Creator in His glorious presence.

During my time with you, I wanted you to see the Lord reflected in me. I strove to share His good news whenever possible. Now my work is over and your work continues. Use each day the Lord gives you to tell others of His salvation. You don’t know how many days the Lord has given you, so use them wisely.

I anxiously await your arrival in Paradise, and hope you bring many others with you.

Till we meet again, “I Love You With The Love of The Lord.”
~Ernie~

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