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Major Lewis Henry Fiset (U.S. Army Retired), born August 12, 1912, died March 28, 2013, at the age of 100 years. Lew's favorite saying when he was asked how he was doing - "getting younger". He celebrated life by choosing to live a blessed independent life with a good portion of humor after surviving critical injuries the last month of WW II.
Lew was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Monica Lewis and Henry Fiset who he loved dearly along with his sisters Monica Bishop (deceased) and Florence Romant of Wisconsin. He is survived by 11 nieces and nephews, his beloved lifelong friends with whom he lived for 2 years, as well as others who admired and loved him, all of whom he regarded as his own children and grandchildren that he never had.
As Captain Fiset he was Senior Aide to Major General Raymond O. Barton, 4th Division, Lew was often in the company of other WW II Generals, heads of State, and historical figures for that time. Lew's last promotion to rank of Major was awarded by General George S. Patton.
Lew first came to San Antonio in 1925, at 13 years old, to attend St. Anthony's Catholic Boys School. His first job was as an usher at the Majestic Theatre in 1927. He graduated in 1931 from Northwestern University in Business Administration, entered the military in 1940, graduating from Fort Benning, Georgia, Officer's Training School in December 1941, the first graduating class after Pearl Harbor.
Lew wished to extend his heartfelt gratitude for those who cared for him in his last days, giving him compassionate care with love. He would like to be remembered as a gentleman and a soldier; and prayed that he had been faithful to his Lord; his strength, courage, humor, and personal charm will be greatly missed.
Please send any gifts and expressions of gratitude for his life and military service and that of other veterans to the Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM), 110 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, TX 78215,
Telephone: 210.223.4099, which serves many former veterans and their families.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Fort Sam Cemetery, Monday, April 8th, at 2:45.
Published in Express-News on Apr. 5, 2013