John Claude Lewis, 98, of Fort Myers died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Gulf Coast Hospital. He was born in Madison County, Monroe Township, Iowa, May 5, 1914, to John Clyde and Vernie Estella (Moffitt) Lewis. P
Preceding him in death was his sister, Rowan Hammans; half-brother, Milo Berry; half-brother, Herbert Berry; half-sister, Ada Gibbs; and half-sister Anna Kramer.
After graduating from Lorimor High School in 1932 he became the only teacher in a one-room school house before moving to Cedar Rapids in the late 1930s when he worked for the Iowa Highway Patrol.
John Claude Lewis
He was employed by Collins Radio for 37 years. He was well known in this part of Iowa and served as a radio operator in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He obtained his private pilot's licenses in 1948 and on occasions would fly from Cedar Rapids to the Lorimor area and land in a farmer's field. Mr. Lewis loved to play golf and play bridge in person or on the computer. He and his wife, Evelyn, retired to Florida in 1977.
Preceding him in death was Evelyn (Ashenbrener) Lewis, to whom he was married on Sept. 28, 1940, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and who was the love of his life for one day short of 70 years.
Survivors include one son, Gary E. Lewis from Cape Coral, and one daughter Linda Burns from Blue Springs, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Laura, Jerry, Angie, Christy, Brian, Brad and Matthew; and four great grandchildren, Jonas, Joshua, Bryce and Cameron.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be dearly missed. Anyone who had the privilege to know him knew he was a warm, strong and loving sole.
His family has a lifetime of happy memories of family gatherings he and his wife hosted, and of the loving relationship with both of them.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday March 2, at Fuller Metz Funeral Home, 3740 Del Prado Blvd., S., Cape Coral.
Please visit www.fullermetz.com to view John' Life Tribute and share a memory.