OBITUARY

Harmon Stanton Lewis Sr.

November 13, 1947September 1, 2020

Harmon Stanton Lewis, of Ocala, FL, 72, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, September 1, 2020. He was born on November 13, 1947, in San Antonio, TX, to Rone and Catharine Lewis. He was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. Harmon was the Executive Vice President of American Panel Corporation. An active member of First United Methodist Church, in Ocala, Harmon served faithfully in leadership roles of numerous church committees and, along with his wife, Linda, taught four-year-old Sunday school for 22 years. Son of an Air Force officer, Harmon entered the active duty military service in 1970 upon graduation from the University of Florida as an United States Air Force civil engineer. Attaining the rank of Captain, he oversaw engineering projects supporting aircraft such as the SR-71 Blackbird, the U.S. Space Program, the FB-111 Aardvark, and the U-2 Dragon Lady at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, Patrick Air Force Base, FL, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, and Osan Air Base, South Korea. While in the Air Force, he returned to Gainesville and earned his Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering. After 8 years of service, Harmon re-entered civilian life and began what became a 42-year career at American Panel Corporation, in Miami, and upon relocation to Ocala in 1984. He served faithfully in numerous leadership positions as Plant Manager, Vice President for Operations, and then as Executive Vice President. He enjoyed going to work and solving problems and he loved the people in the office, in the plant, numerous associates in the restaurant and hospitality industry around the country and the world. Harmon was also a guest speaker to engineering students at the University of Florida.

Harmon loved playing sports growing up, but, most of all, he loved watching all the University of Florida Gators teams. He was also an avid Corvette fan and owner.

Harmon is survived by his wife, Linda S. Lewis; sons, David L. Lewis (Stacy); Colonel Harmon S. Lewis, Jr., US Air Force Retired (Andrea); and daughter, Leslie Tyson (Tim); brother, Rone H. Lewis, (Fran), Basking Ridge, NJ; sister, Margaret Chambless, Wilmington, NC; grandchildren, Dakota Storm Lewis, Kayla West, Adrian Tyson, Jaelyn Tyson, Emma Lewis and Anna Lewis.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m., at Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 5740 S Pine Ave, Ocala, FL. Instead of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise (www.fumch.org), or First United Methodist Church, Ocala.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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Harmon Stanton Lewis Sr.

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Steve Romanelli

September 28, 2020

Dear Linda and All of Harmon's family,

My deepest sympathies to you all for the loss of such a wonderful man. He was truly special and made such an impact on all of us who had the pleasure to know him. We had shared so many times together through our affiliation with Prime Advantage (Omnia) at conferences and the supplier meetings. I can't say that I have ever met a kinder, gentler man who spoke softly but carried such a presence. He will be missed by all of us. He is in my prayers tonight.

Sheila O'Sullivan

September 23, 2020

To Linda and all of Harmon's family and friends: My deepest sympathies to you all on Harmon's passing. He was a truly special man, and we at Prime Advantage owe him our gratitude for so many years of loyalty and contribution as a professional and a stellar human being. I always loved seeing his smiling face walk into our conference hotels or our office in Chicago. God bless him and you all.

Best, Sheila

PS I wanted to share one of my favorite photos that shows how genuinely Harmon brought his spirit to our lives!!

Bob and Betty Saunders

September 10, 2020

Dear Linda, We have no words to adequately express our shock and sorrow for your loss. We cherish your friendship and the memories of fellowship with you and Harmon. He was one of Ocala's choicest people, serving and loving with a sense of humility and care for family and so many others. No one who spent time with the two of you has any doubt that he had a special love for you. It showed in his words and his kindnesses to you. You were special to him, indeed! Thank you for sharing him with us. We will not forget Harmon's gracious and loving ways toward us. May God comfort and keep you as you adjust to life without your adoring husband.
"Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)

Scott Bolin

September 5, 2020

My deepest condolences and prayers to Linda and the whole Lewis family. Harmon touched so many lives through his ministry at FUMC Ocala. His love and caring nature made him a role model to me and my family. Harmon, your smile and gentle handshake always put me at ease and let me know that God was in charge. May you Rest In Peace, and May God comfort and bring peace to the entire Lewis family.

Scott Bolin

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