Thursday, September 6, 2012

Robert M. Lewis Jr.

Robert M. Lewis, Jr., known to many as “Sarge,” age 73, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 6, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Racine, February 14, 1939, son of the late Robert and Irene ( Nee: Beyer) Lewis.

Robert attended Wm Horlick High School and at the age of 17 joined the U.S. Army. He served for four years stationed in Korea. On January 16, 1960, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church he was united in marriage to Judith Ann Lewis, who preceded him in death on August 26, 2007. Robert retired from J.I. Case IH and was a member of the J.I. Case Twenty-Year Club. Robert and Judee were drum corps fans and Robert was a bus driver for the Kilties from 1978-1982. Together they also enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas. Robert was active with Wisconsin Vets Day Inc and had served as State Chair. He was also an active fundraiser and supporter of the Union Grove Veterans Home and NOK events. Although he was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, he most importantly was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Shelly (Jim) Bent, Robert (Melissa) Lewis III; six grandchildren, Jenna and Michael Bent, Natashia (Bill) Griese, Heather, Robby and Nicholas Lewis; two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Vincent Griese; brothers, Richard (Rosemary) Lewis, Ronald Lewis; step-sister, Teri (Richard) Rowley; half-brother, Brian Giese; mother-in-law, Esther Hermansen; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Pat Peterson,, Harold (Lori) Hermansen Jr.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Harold Hermansen Sr.

Funeral services will be held a week from Monday, on Monday, September 17, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend John Fleming officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet on Monday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Union Grove Veterans Home have been suggested.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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