Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Guy R. Ewing

Guy Raymond Ewing, Jr., age 84, passed away on May 12, 2009, surrounded by family, at Touchmark Assisted Living in Appleton, Wisconsin, after a long and courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was born March 19, 1925, in Warren, Ohio, son of the late Guy Raymond Ewing and Helen Marion Forbes of Lisbon, Ohio.

Guy served his country in World War II in the Pacific theatre, obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He married Patricia Ferard Williams on April 2, 1947. Guy was an avid reader and had a life-long love of learning, with widespread interests in many areas including history, music and art. He graduated with honors from The College of Wooster, Ohio, with a BA in History. He received an MA from Columbia University in New York City.

Guy was District Manager of the Social Security Administration, Racine, Wisconsin, retiring in 1985. He was always passionately interested in educating the public about Social Security and retirement issues, whether as a popular speaker or frequent writer in various publications. Over a period of roughly 30 years, he published numerous articles and letters on Social Security, Medicare, and local issues involving education, politics and the role of government in a variety of local publications including “The Racine Journal Times,” a column (“Social Security”) in the “Shoreline Leader,” the “Senior Sentinel,” and “United Seniors of Wisconsin.” He also had a “Social Security” radio program on WRJN, was a board member of the Racine County Skill Bank, served on the Racine County Commission on Aging (1985-1995) and helped set up various organizations in Racine such as Health Care Network, Inc.

Guy was a very active member of the Presbyterian Church: as Sunday School teacher, Elder, on various Presbytery and Synod committees, chairman of the Counseling Committee on Church and Society, Vice Moderator of Milwaukee Presbytery1971, Moderator of Milwaukee Presbytery 1972, and Commissioner to General Assembly 1976. Guy sang in the choir of every church of which he was a member throughout his life. He also sang in the Racine Symphonic Chorus and the Berkshire Choral Festival for a number of years. Guy was very interested in genealogy and was a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He was also in Kiwanis, the Belle City Stamp Club, the Lincoln Fellowship, and the Civil War Book Club hosted by the Racine Public Library.

Guy lived in Racine for 44 years and moved to Appleton, WI, in the fall of 2007.

Guy is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Ferard Williams Ewing; his sons, Pastor David (Kathi) Ewing of Dallas Center, Iowa, Malcolm S. Ewing of Washington, D.C.; and daughters, Susan (William) Kyle of Louisville, KY, Jennifer (Richard) Orr of Appleton, WI, and Kate Ewing of Appleton, WI; his brother, Thomas (Jan) Ewing; ten grandchildren: Sean M.G. Malin, Teresa L. Van Handel, Margot A. Orr, Robert D. Orr, Charlotte A. Orr, Matthew P. Ewing, Jeffrey D. Ewing, Anna E. Ewing, Raymond G. Kyle, and Brittany L. Kyle; and four great-grandchildren: Justin S. Malin, Michael Steidtman, Layla Kanazeh, and Milo Kanazeh. His brother, Richard (Patricia Thornton) Ewing, preceded him in death.

Guy’s family wishes to thank the staff at Touchmark Assisted Living and Theda Care at Home for their care of Guy and the many kindnesses extended to him and his family.

Visitation for Guy will be at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin, on Thursday, May 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Funeral Service will be at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin, on Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. Visitation will also precede the service from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Luncheon will follow, with burial at 2 p.m., with military honors at West Lawn Memorial Park in Racine, Wisconsin. Donations may be made in Guy’s name to First Presbyterian Church of Racine.

A Memorial service will be held for Guy on Sunday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m. at Touchmark Assisted Living, 2601 Touchmark Drive (off of West Prospect Avenue), Appleton, Wisconsin.

Guy loved people and was a born teacher. His generous and loving heart, embodied by his special smile, will live forever in the hearts of his family, friends, and the many people whose lives he touched.

To know him was to love him.

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