Mr. Lendsey A. Lewis, 81, formerly of Morris, Ill., passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, April 8, 2013, in Rosewood Care Center in Joliet, Ill.
He was born Dec. 12, 1931, in Flat, Mo., the son of William and Ione Fink Lewis. With his parents, he moved to Grundy County to make his home in 1943, and he received his education in the Morris schools.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from June 30, 1950, until receiving his honorable discharge on June 29, 1953. He was stationed with Company B, 145th Infantry Regiment, and was awarded two Purple Hearts during his tour of duty in Korea.
He married Ruth M. Moberg while stationed in Ft. Benning, Ga.
Lendsey was employed with Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet for several years and then entered the employment of Uniroyal Chemical Company in Elwood, Ill., retiring in the early 1990s.
He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, camping, deer hunting, and coin collecting.
He married Joan Jarzynka in 1981 in Joliet, Ill.
He was a member of the Morris American Legion Post #294 and John Martin Steele Post #6049 V.F.W. in Morris
Surviving are his three loving daughters, Sherry, and her husband, George Miller, and Donna Cockream, and her husband, Neil Born, of Morris, Ill., and Tracy and her husband, Robert Snack of Wilmington, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Melba (Pete) Sills of Oakley, Ill.; three brothers, Norman (Millie) Lewis of Morris, Ill., Doyle (Linda) Lewis of Metropolis, Ill., and Dennis (Janet) Lewis of Joliet, Ill.; a brother-In-law, Robert Motter, of Verona, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Vicki Powers, on April 17, 2003; his second Wife, Joan Lewis, on Dec. 31, 2011; two sisters, Madge Johnson and Marge Motter; and two brothers, Levi and Alonzo Lewis.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at U. C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home Ltd., 301 W. Washington St., Morris, where funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, with the Rev. Deborah Percell of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment with full military honors conducted by the Morris Color Guard will follow in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.
Condolences can be extended online to the family at www.ucdavisandosns.com.
U.C. Davis & Sons Funeral Home, Morris, is in charge of arrangements. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 942-0084.