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Clarence H. Lewis

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BENNINGTON -- Clarence H. Lewis, 73, formerly of Orwell, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was the widower of Linda (Sherman) Lewis, who died this past February.

Born Sept. 9, 1930 in Rutland, he was the son of the late Clarence P. and Dorothy (Taylor) Lewis. Chuck graduated from West Rutland High School, class of 1947, and immediately joined the United States Navy.

For the next 20 years, he served his country, seeing action in Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Vietnam and the National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Star). He was in the Naval Reserve for the following 10 years. He retired as a chief petty officer. After retiring from active duty, Chuck moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., where he and Linda raised their four daughters. In 1981, they moved back to the Rutland area and Chuck worked as a master electrician for Experian in Rutland.

Four years ago, Chuck started showing signs of Alzheimer’s Disorder. After his wife’s death, he moved to the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington.

He loved gardening and doing any kind of work with his hands including building models and paint-by-number paintings.

Besides his wife, he is predeceased by a grandson.

Survivors include four daughters, Michele Logan of Allen, Texas, Melissa Wiederhold, of Greenwich, N.Y., Melody Sayers of Rutland and Marjorie Suchovsky of Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany; eight siblings all of the greater Rutland area; eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, N.Y., on Friday, Jan. 30, 2003 at 1 p.m. Saratoga National Honor Guard will provide full military honors. Linda’s ashes will also be buried at that time.

The family requests memorial donations be made to The Vermont Veteran’s Home, B Wing, 325 North St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, Cambridge, N.Y.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 31, 2003
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