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OBITUARY

Karl David Lewis Sr.

March 21, 1941June 24, 2020
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Karl David Lewis Sr., age 79, of Converse, Texas passed away on Wednesday June 24, 2020. Karl was born March 21, 1941 in Ada, Oklahoma.

I lost my Karl on 6/24/2020 after 24 + years of wedded bliss. We were married in Vegas, on a Sunday night at 8:00pm on the Strip. That began a wonderful, intense, love that carried us through Karl's 5-year battle against Cancer.

Prior to his illness, Karl was a member of the New Braunfels Elks club, the Carousel Dance Club of which he served as President the year he learned he had Cancer, and the New Braunfels Protestant Church Choir. Not only did Karl have a lovely voice, he played the guitar in his youth in a dance band, and for his personal relaxation in his latter years.

We had a wonderful life together, for which I thank God. I will miss him daily, and pray I will see him again once I complete my journey on this earth. Rest in peace my Sweetpea.

He was the second child and only son of W.A.(Bill) and Vanita Lewis. Born and raised in Ada Oklahoma, he graduated Ada High School in 1959. He then furthered his education at East Central State College in Ada, where he graduated with a degree in English and Industrial Arts in 1964. He married Doreen E. Graham October 5, 1962 and had three children, Karl (K.D.) Jr., Darla and Kevin. He then taught industrial arts at the local high school in Hardtner, Kansas. He worked for Coop and Farmland Industries for several years in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. He also worked for Terra serving agricultural customers in South Texas and Mexico. Later in life he married his loving wife Laurel A. Simpson on January 21, 1996. After that he went back to his passion of working with wood as a Master Carpenter and crafting exquisite works of art for several well known celebrities.

His first passion was fishing. Where ever there was a body of water, he would cast a line and always catch a fish. He was an avid outdoorsman and always preferred a walk in the woods over being in the city.

He finally succumbed to his long fight with cancer after beating it three times. He was a big man at 6'4" and will always remain larger than life to those that knew him.

Preceded in death by his parents W.A. and Vanita Lewis, his infant sister Patricia June Lewis, twin of Nova Gayle and Great Grandchild Flint Lewis. Survived by his wife Laurel, his children, Karl David Lewis Jr., Darla Renae Shelton (Jay) and Kevin Lynn Lewis (Amy). His grandchildren Karl David Lewis III (Selina), Richard Anthony Lewis (Vanessa), Jay Wylie Shelton, Wesley Graham Shelton, Elisabeth Grace Lewis and Kevin Wayne Lewis. Great Grandchildren, Lincoln Rocko Lewis and Owen Ryder Cornell. Also survived by two sisters, Nova Gayle Boyd (Harry) of Purcell Ok. and Karen Bell of Oklahoma City, Ok. Three nephews, Mike Carter, Steve Boyd and Chris Boyd.

A memorial service for Karl will be held Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, Texas.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com for the Lewis family.

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  • Preceded in death by his parents W.A. and Vanita Lewis, his infant sister Patricia June Lewis, twin of Nova Gayle and Great Grandchild Flint Lewis. Survived by his wife Laurel, his children, Karl David Lewis Jr., Darla Renae Shelton (Jay) and Kevin Lynn Lewis (Amy). His grandchildren Karl David Lewis III (Selina), Richard Anthony Lewis (Vanessa), Jay Wylie Shelton, Wesley Graham Shelton, Elisabeth Grace Lewis and Kevin Wayne Lewis. Great Grandchildren, Lincoln Rocko Lewis and Owen Ryder Cornell. Also survived by two sisters, Nova Gayle Boyd (Harry) of Purcell Ok. and Karen Bell of Oklahoma City, Ok. Three nephews, Mike Carter, Steve Boyd and Chris Boyd.

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Bo Price

July 12, 2020

I began working with Karl 14 years ago and quickly discovered what an extremely smart and talented man he was. A master carpenter who could quickly visualize anything and build it. I learned a lot about carpentry and life from him. On many occasions when we were taking our lunch break at a local restaurant if he saw diners in uniform, military, fire or police, he would quietly tell their wait person that he wanted to anonymously pay for their lunch and he did so without recognition other than in his heart. He was a really good person, a gifted craftsman and a great friend. I shall miss him a lot.

Kevin Lewis

July 11, 2020

Dear friends and family,
Thank you to everyone who attended both online and in person. Also, thank you to those who have posted memories. They will be cherished forever. Today, I heard some stories about Dad that made me proud and left me with a smile. He meant so much to all that knew him.
A man that knew how to live life to the fullest. He taught his kids to do what’s right no matter what. He prepared us for life in the real world before we even knew anything about how hard it could be.
I will miss our hunting and fishing trips. I will miss my best friend. I love you, Dad
Kevin L. Lewis

Tim North

July 10, 2020

What I wouldn't give to sit with Karl under the Pecan tree in Ada, or enjoy watermelon again with him in Grandma's back yard in Shawnee!

I well remember his gentle patience with us as kids, and a distinct memory of motorcycle rides from the Pecan tree through the neighborhood. He was a big brother to us all.

Comforting to know that Karl and Uncle Bill could be fishing together, both cancer free in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We will be watching tomorrow.
Big hugs to all...especially you, Laurel.

Much love...Cousin Tim, and Carmen in Michigan

Pat North

July 10, 2020

Dear Laurel, KD, Darla, Kevin, Nova, and Karen,
I'm so sorry to hear about Karl David. I so wish I could be with you all and can't believe I won't. Karl was a dear guy and every time I think of Oklahoma, I think of him. One of my very first memories in life was of him "helping" me put together a Christmas gift at Grandma Seale`s in Shawnee. I always admired his skill and artistry. His big smile, gregarious laugh, and big hugs I will look forward to having again! You all are in my prayers. Please feel my love and hugs from afar. I so enjoyed the photos. Stay safe and healthy. Your cuz, Pat

Debbie Holden

July 10, 2020

I haven't known Karl that long. I use to work with his lovely wife Laurel. The thing I remember about Karl was how pleasant he was every time he came into the office. Many of the times he came in was to bring lunch for Laurel and himself when she was working. It just made me smile when I would see them in the break room talking and laughing. It was just so sweet! I knew that he was a man that really loved and appreciated his wife, family and friends.

Jessica Bunker

July 10, 2020

Thinking of you all today. All of my memories of Karl are in OK, either at Grandma Seale's or at Nova's, with him talking or singing with family. We are praying for comfort for his family as they move forward.

T. Wade Phillips

July 8, 2020

My thoughts and condolences with you in remembering Karl

Debbie Seale

July 7, 2020

My greatest memory was when me and Gary were in TX visiting our grandkids, but ended up at Karl and Laurel's house to watch the OU - TX game. We had a lot of fun that day.
My sincere condolences to Laurel and all the family.

With Much Love
Debbie Seale

Laurel Lewis

July 5, 2020

I lost my Karl on 6/24/2020 after 24 + years of wedded bliss. We were married in Vegas, on a Sunday night at 8:00pm on the Strip. That began a wonderful, intense, love that carried us through Karl's 5-year battle against Cancer.
Prior to his illness, Karl was a member of the New Braunfels Elks club, the Carousel Dance Club of which he served as President the year he learned he had Cancer, and the New Braunfels Protestant Church Choir. Not only did Karl have a lovely voice, he played the guitar in his youth in a dance band, and for his personal relaxation in his latter years.
We had a wonderful life together, for which I thank God. I will miss him daily, and pray I will see him again once I complete my journey on this earth. Rest in peace my Sweetpea.

Cindy Weldon

July 5, 2020

Will always remember Karl as being larger than life. He was older than my sister and me. We really didn’t get to know him as well as Nova and Karen, but he always had a smile on his face.

Deepest sympathies to his children and Laurel. No more pain or suffering. Love you. cuz!

Cindy Weldon (Seale) and family

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Karl and Laurel married in Vegas. January 21, 1996.

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