Lewis Thomas E. Lewis, Jr. age 89 passed away Wednesday February 13, 2013 at Worthington Christian Village. Tom was born March 30, 1923 to the late Cornelia Brial and Thomas E. Lewis Sr. Tom is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Shirley, brothers John M. and James M. Surviving are Sisters, Cornelius "Penny" Sedgwick, Catharine Grey; Brother, Arthur (Catherine) all of Columbus; and sister, Sarah of Davenport, Iowa. Tom is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He graduated from Central High School and served in the Army Air Corp. from 1943 to 1945. While attending officer training school at Yale he met Shirley and they married in 1945. Tom graduated from The Ohio State University class of 1949 where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Tom and Shirley owned and operated Norwich Rol-A-Rina Skating Rink in Hilliard for many years. During his lifetime Tom had many interests including bicycle racing, skating, raising Bassett puppies and touring the U.S. in their motor home and building houses. Tom was a member of American Legion Post 614, life member of Bicycle Club, NRA, Retired Officers Association and was a volunteer instructor for the American Red Cross. And of course those close to him remember how he loved to tell stories. After retiring to Hocking Hills for a few years Tom and Shirley returned to Columbus and spent the last 10 years at Worthington Christian Village. We wish to thank the staff for their wonderful care and Odyssey Hospice for their love, support and care. Memorial contributions can be made to Worthington Christian Village 165 High Bluffs Blvd. Columbus, OH 43235. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the WEIR-AREND FUNERAL HOME 4221 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43214 (3 blocks S. of Henderson Rd.) where friends may call 1/2 hour prior to the time of service. Please visit www.weirarendfuneral.com to sign the official online family condolence book.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 17, 2013