J Lee Lewis

July 24, 1926July 27, 2013

Lewis, Lee, 87, passed away from this life July 27, 2013. He was born July 24, 1926 in Manford, Oklahoma to Alpharetta Strough. At the age of 9 he moved to Gooding, Idaho to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He worked in the VanCouver shipyard, and at the age of 18 he joined the Army. Lee was stationed in Whitesands, New Mexico, and then served in Japan. June 13, 1949 he was married to Minnie Thompson in Oswego, Kansas. June 25, 1950 they had their first child, Linda Jean, born in El Paso, Texas. In 1950, he was stationed in St. Louis, Washington. In 1952, he was deployed to Germany. Three months later, in 1953, Minnie and Linda joined him in Germany. June 12, 1953 they had their second child, Joyce Irene, born in Landstuhl, Germany. Lee spent a total of 9 years in the army. May 24, 1956, they had their third child, Barbara Ann, born in Wichita, KS. Lee worked for Beech Air Craft from 1954 to 1988 as a welder and crew chief. In 1960, Lee and Minnie were baptized into Christ. He served as an elder from 1967 to 1970 at the Haysville Church of Christ. He served Emporia Avenue Church of Christ as a deacon from 1977 to 1982, and as an elder from 1982 to 2004. Lee was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and Christian. He and Minnie were married 64 years before the Lord called him home. He is survived by his wife, Minnie, of the home; daughters, Linda (Lloyd) of Kingman, Joyce (Herb) of Wichita, Barbara ( David) of Beaver, OK; sister, Dorothy Barber of Kansas City, MO; 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral service will be held 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Resthaven Mortuary. Interment to follow.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 31, 2013

J Lee Lewis

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August 1, 2013

He served God and country – a young, married chap.
Many years passed before I sat in his lap.
Still with twinkling eye and short, curly locks,
Grandpa obeyed God's will and tended His flock.

Studying the Bible for hours each day,
Keeping God's sheep from going astray,
Visiting the sick and knocking on doors,
Were normal to him --- not added chores.

My favorite memory will always be
The way he prayed so earnestly.
He held Grandma's hand as his voice changed in tone.
Together they bowed before God's holy throne.

An Alzheimer-like illness took most of his mind
Stealing some memories and moments of time.
It stood powerless to reach the depths of his heart.
Sixty-four years ago he said “til death do us part”.

Seeing faithful souls finish the race
Makes me want to pick up the pace.
I long for heaven more and more and more
As friends and family step through that door.

See you in heaven, Grandpa.

Love, Leann

July 30, 2013

Great Grandpa,

We love you!!!

Alexi (age 12), Reighna (age 10), Kaeden (age 2), and Koral (age 1 month)

July 30, 2013

Grandpa, we are going to miss you so much! Thank you for your wonderful example to all of us and for the way you have lead our family all these years. Thank you for introducing us to Jesus and for introducing us about baseball. I'll always route for the Cardinals because of you! It's hard to imagine life without you but look forward to seeing you again in heaven one day. We'll take good care of Grandma for you. Love you forever and ever, Lynnette

Jill DeJarnett

July 30, 2013

Grandma Lewis and family-----Lee was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, friend, and the list goes on and on!! I know you will miss him dearly----but, one day you will be reunited with him in Heaven. What a grand 64 years together and an amazing family!! (including my favorite----Lanny)!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!! Life will not be the same for you all-------but, it wll go on and there will not be a day that Lee won't be thought of or spoken of ----and remembered. My love to you!! Jill

July 30, 2013

I love you very much and will miss you for the rest of my life.
Your Loving Wife

July 30, 2013

Daddy, I will always love and miss you!
Love you,