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John F. Lewis, 80, of St. Paul, IN was called home on Saturday, September 9th. He was born on September 13, 1936. John was the son of Charles "Jack" and Mary Prudence La Barbera "Prudy " Lewis. John is survived by his wife, Herta Ludwig Lewis. They were married on May 4, 1957 in Ramstein, Germany. In May, the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and were surprised with a vow renewal ceremony at St. Vincent's Catholic Church. They also celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Cairo, Egypt. Theirs is a love for the ages. John is also survived by his children, Sylvia Favors (husband Harvey) of St. Paul , Mark Lewis of St. Paul, and Stephen Lewis (wife Brenda) of Chillicothe, IL, together with four grandchildren, Hannah Fennig (husband Jon), Rebecca Smith (husband Grant), Branden Lewis and Blake Lewis. He also has two great grandchildren, Liam and Sofie. John was career military, having served in the United States Air Force and then making the move to the United States Regular Army, retiring after 30 years having achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer III. After retirement from service to Country, he wore many different hats, Superintendent of the St. Paul Stone Quarry, Shelby County Commissioner, Shelby County Veterans' Service Officer to name the short list. In his lifetime he received numerous awards for his military service and was a decorated combat veteran. John also received the Sagamore of the Wabash on April 20, 2002 for which he was very humbled and grateful. John graduated from St. Paul High School and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Butler University. He, his wife, and son, Mark, are the proud owners of Sharkies Gal (running on September 12th in the 14th race, number 7 at Anderson). John enjoyed spending time with family and friends, watching his horses run and train, eating his lunches with his good friend Shirley at the Chaparral Café, attending auctions at Cuskadens' Auctions, having many morning coffees with his good friend, Bob Bottom, and shooting clay pigeons and having field lunches with friends and family at his farm.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 13th at the Glenn E. George Funeral Home in St. Paul, Indiana from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. The funeral services will be at St. Vincent's Catholic Church on Thursday, September 14th at 10:00 A.M. followed by graveside services at St. Vincent's Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the St. Vincent's Cemetery Fund.
John touched many lives and will be missed by all.
Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.net.
Published on September 11, 2017
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