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Lewis Wayman Lee, Sr., 87, lifelong Rush County resident, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at his home in Rushville, with his loving family surrounding him. He was born Dec. 22, 1929, in Rush County, to the late Everett and Edits (Winkler) Lee.
Lewis was a 1947 graduate of Mays High School, where he played basketball.
He served in the US Navy in the Atlantic Ocean on the USS Rehoboth AGS 50 from 1948 to 1952.
Lewis married Ruth Evelyn Alter on Sept. 1, 1962, and she survives.
Lewis worked for Falmouth Farm Supply for 30 years, retiring in 1995. He continued to work there part-time after retirement and also worked for Pioneer Seed. From 1999 to 2009, he worked for Incero Technical Ceramic.
He was a long-time member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, where he was active with the Friendship Sunday School Class and served on several committees and teams.
Lewis helped build three homes in Rushville with Habitat for Humanity and helped with tornado relief in Southern Indiana through his mission work.
He loved his family and friends and was active with all their school and sporting events. He enjoyed IU basketball, the Cincinnati Reds and the Rushville Lady Lions. Lewis also enjoyed traveling out west and taking in all the beauty of God's creation.
In addition to his wife, Ruth, of Rushville, he is survived by his brother, Larry Wayne Lee of Oakville, Indiana; children, Catherine Nancy Lee Hatfield of Rushville, Edith Mae Lee(Jeff Shelton) Evans of Rushville, Lewis Wayman Lee, Jr. "Buddy" of Rushville, Charles Everett (Lisa Moon) Lee of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Winona Karen Lee (Andrew) Adams of Rushville, Robert Fon (Judith Durbin) Lee of Greenfield, Amy Michelle Lee (Christopher) Covington of Decatur, Indiana, Eric Jason (Misty Raider) Lee of Rushville; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one due in March; 6 great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; 3 step-grandchildren; 6 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eugene, Marshall and Robert; sisters, Marjorie, Juanita, Mildred and Betty; and great-grandchildren, Lora and Dalton.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at Moster Mortuary in Rushville. Funeral services begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church with Pastors Roy Ice and Jam Dimick presiding. Burial will follow in Rushville's East Hill Cemetery. The Rush County Veteran's Honor Guard will provide military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church or Premiere Hospice.
Published on February 1, 2017
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