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Robert Warren Lewis

February 4, 1943August 9, 2019

Robert Warren Lewis, 76, of Shelby Township, Michigan, passed away August 9, 2019. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on February 4, 1943. Robert (Bob) was an Eagle Scout and a National Merit Scholar. He graduated with High Honors and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He attended graduate school at the University of Michigan where he earned his Masters degree in Mathematics and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering. His research as a National Science Foundation Trainee focused on coherent optics, holography, and synthetic aperture radar. Bob was a Senior Research Scientist for 14 years at General Motors Research Labs in Warren, Michigan. His research there focused on optical imaging and measurement. He published nine scientific papers and received five patents. At age 44, Bob chose to leave GM to pursue a career in teaching mathematics and statistics. After completing graduate coursework in education at Wayne State University, he taught as an Adjunct Mathematics Professor at Oakland and Macomb Community Colleges. He also enjoyed tutoring high school students in subjects from pre-algebra to calculus. Outside of his careers, Bob was passionate about his family and greatly enjoyed his children and grandchildren. He was an avid racquet sports enthusiast, a southpaw with formidable spins, and enjoyed tennis, ping pong, pickleball, and meeting friends at the Sterling Heights Senior Center. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Warren and Dora Lewis of Mansfield, OH. He is survived by his children Krista Lewis Abedrabbo (and Krista’s husband Nader) and Timothy J. Lewis (and Tim’s wife Margie), his grandchildren Adelyn and Ava Abedrabbo, Eleanor and Kate Lewis, and his sisters Jean Conlan and Dorothy Schobert, as well as many friends and former students. Per his request, no memorial service will be held. Charitable contributions in his memory may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association: https://www.apdaparkinson.org/1907d3l/


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Joanne Petroski

August 20, 2019

Bob will be dearly missed by Dan, myself and our two boys. We spent many of our family gatherings with Bob. He was always welcomed and such a pleasure to converse with.
Bob had a very honorable life filled with intellectual intrigue. He will always be in our memories.

Dan, Joanne, Jacob, & Michael Petroski

Stephanie Ruseckas

August 14, 2019

Bob was one of my favorite pickleball friends and I will miss him.
He was a sweetheart.

Sandy Drader

August 13, 2019

My husband Pat and I met Bob through pickleball at the senior center. Lately he wasn’t able to move as quickly, but he still had excellent shots, that sometimes weren’t returnable. He was a very nice interesting man. We will miss him.

Frank Freeney

August 12, 2019

It was with great sadness that we learned of Robert's passing. He was a good and learned man who was also a worthy pickleball opponent. Linda and I send our deepest condolences to the family friends and a large sports community who knew Bob and cherished his friendship. Rest In Peace, Robert. Your missed.