Robert M. Lewis

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LEWIS Robert M. Lewis, age 88, of Upper Arlington, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Riverside Methodist Hospital. He was born July 8, 1920, in Greene County, Ohio, to William M. and Sara A. (Dimond) Lewis. Bob was a 1943 graduate of Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio, where he met and married Laura Rose Bauer, of Springfield, who was his wife for more than 66 years. After college, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and served his country in the South Pacific during World War II. He and Rose moved to Columbus in 1946 so that he could begin work as the assistant men's physical director at the Central YMCA and begin graduate study in physical education at The Ohio State University. He received a M.A. degree in 1948 and became a member of the faculty at Columbus South High School. He taught physical education and history and was the head coach of track and field and an assistant football coach. His 1954 South High Bulldogs track team won the Central District championship. Some of his happiest memories were connected to his years as a teacher and coach. His students and athletes liked and respected him, and he liked and respected them. In 1955, he began a career as a home builder in Central Ohio. He built homes primarily in the Eastmoor and Berwick areas of Columbus and in Upper Arlington. From the 1960s through the 1980s, he and Rose, in addition to continuing their building business, bought three farms north of Columbus and did the farming work themselves. They also developed, owned, and operated two mobile-home parks. During his "retirement" years, he and Rose began a woodworking business and enjoyed creating beautiful products that they sold at many craft shows in Ohio. Bob was a good man, a good husband, and a good father. He is already missed by his family. He is survived by his wife, Rose, and his four sons: Robert W. (Suanne) Lewis of Frostburg, Maryland, Richard M. (Kathy) Lewis of Thornville, Ohio, David P. Lewis of Columbus, and Donald B. Lewis of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In accordance with Bob's wishes, he was cremated. Visitation and services were private. His family is especially appreciative of the kindness given to them by Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home; of the hospice-care physicians, nurses, and aides at Riverside Methodist Hospital; and of the chaplains from HomeReach Hospice who visited Bob and his family during his final days of earthly life. Arrangements completed by RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085. Condolences may be sent to: www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com.
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