Gary Eugene Lewis
June 5, 1959 – April 3, 2019
Gary Eugene Lewis, 59, of Rockford IL, passed away due to injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. He was born June 5, 1959 in Rockford, to Eugene and DonnaLee Lewis. He spent 33 years in loving marriage to Brenda Lewis. He attained a Master’s degree in engineering and spent his career as an engineer. Gary enjoyed riding his motorcycle and traveling with his wife Brenda. When he was not on the field coaching, Gary spent his time mentoring young men on their integrity and commitments. He could also be found in his tube sleeping while he would float in his pool. Gary loved spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren grow and succeed in all of their endeavors. His family was his pride and joy. Gary’s love and compassion for his family and his football players will live on and never be forgotten.
“Refuse to lose.”- Gary’s personal Motto.
Gary is survived by his loving wife Brenda Lewis, his children; Tammie (Jeff) Seibold of St. Augustine, FL. Melinda (Mitch) Morey of Machesney Park IL. Amanda (Matt) Jones of Sparks, NV. Caleb Lewis and Tiffany White of San Pablo CA. and Aaron Lewis of Rockford, IL. His grandchildren; KJ, Samantha, Kayla, Jacob, Jenna, Myles. and Ms. Charlotte (due June of 2019) his siblings; Brad Lewis and Vicki (Ed) Grondzki, and Terri (Kevin) Kuhn. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. A visitation for Gary will be held at 5pm Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Harvest Bible Chapel located at 5501 Windsor Rd, Loves Park, IL 61111. A funeral for Gary will be held at 10AM Monday April 8 at Harvest Bible Chapel of Rockford. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family in their efforts in establishing “Coach Gary Lewis Scholarship Foundation” in his honor.
- Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2019
- Funeral Monday, April 8, 2019
Gary Eugene Lewis
April 13, 2019
Gary is my big brother and best friend, growing up we were so close in age we did everything together. We played baseball together, basketball together and of course we played FOOTBALL together. We would wrestle, we would fight like brothers do. Even as adults we played on softball teams together and in an Men's adult football league. He was always a great lead blocker knocking down 2 or 3 defenders and down the sideline I go but him did the hard work in the trenches. He always did the right thing, not the easy thing or the popular thing. Many times he would call me out when I was out of line and direct me down the right path. You could always count on Gary when you needed something, he would help me with anything. Gary was my ROCK, I looked up to him and respected him and was always their for me, he is the best brother anyone could ever ask for. He has been taken away way too soon, I will miss him so much.
April 7, 2019
I remember Gary's passion for God and the kids many years ago at Friday Night Out. His puppet Freddy stole the show! Gary built confetti cannons from pvc pipes to shoot stuff out into the crowd of kids. What a fun time for the Friday Night Out kids. Gary had a passion for sharing Christ with those kids. I learned so much as a young Christian by the example of how Gary and Brenda lived their lives. I know Gary is now home in the arms of his Saviour.
April 7, 2019
Brenda, sorry for your families loss. I knew Gary back when we played football together at Ken Rock C.C. . I also worked at John S. Barnes with him , Brad and their mother Donna. Gary was a great guy ,funny easy to talk to and very smart. I know he will be missed but He is in his Heavenly home and in the presence of the Lord. R.I.P good friend.