Lewis, William "Wil"
William "Wil" Lewis, age 28, of Chicago, formerly of Milwaukee, passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Wil was born March 4, 1986 in Guatemala City, Guatemala and was adopted at age 7 by Joseph and Kim Lewis. Wil overcame many obstacles, including only knowing street Spanish and learning a whole new culture. He was a quick learner and picked up English quickly thanks to family, school and listening to KFROG radio in San Bernardino. He grew up in California, Sturgeon Bay, WI and graduated from Kaukauna High School in 2005. He earned a Fine Art degree in Photography from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, which is where he met his wife and best friend, Maria. The two were married in West Bend, WI on August 18, 2012 and moved to Chicago shortly after. Wil worked as a freelance photographer, working with companies such as KOHL's, Lands End, Sears, and many others.
A lover of photography, art and design, Wil followed his passions throughout life. He had a big heart and was loved by everyone he met, no matter how brief the encounter. He brought a love of life, humor, and adventure to those he met touching their lives in memorable ways. His fun-loving spirit, sparkling eyes and infections laugh will stay with his friends and family forever. Wil always lived an active life. During school, he participated in sports. He was a 4-year varsity letter winner in soccer and also competed in basketball, track, and swimming. He was a lover of music. Growing up he played drums both in the school band, as well as in a garage band. His musical influences included Joey Kramer, from Aerosmith, Carter Beauford from Dave Matthews Band, and his father, Joe. He shared a passion for the Green Bay Packers with his family and also enjoyed nature and outdoor adventures with Maria. His nephews and nieces will miss their favorite wrestling buddy as well. Family was always important to Wil, no matter where he was or what he was doing, he found time to catch up and stay in touch with everyone he held dear.
He will be greatly missed by his entire family. This includes his: wife; Maria; parents, Joe and Kim Lewis and sisters, Hannah and Emily of Fredericksburg, VA; grandparents, Rolyn and Judy Jorgenson of Valders, WI; mother-in-law, Renee Krueger of IL; father-in-law, Paul Humpal of West Bend, WI; Sister-In-Law, Regina (Luke) Kolbow of Stoughton, WI; brothers-in-law, Tim (Renee) Humpal of Shreveport, LA and Ted (Tisha Gopalakrishnan) Humpal of Washington, DC; nieces and nephews, Wyatt, Grant, Sophie, Grace and Bryce; and many other relatives and dear friends.
Wil is preceded in death by his grandparents, John R. Lewis Sr, and Corinne Lewis and grandparents-in-law, Paul and Rose Humpal.
Memorial Services for Wil Lewis will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, July 23. Visitation will be held from 11am until time of service as well as from 4-8pm on Tuesday, July 22. All visitations and services will take place at the Harder Funeral Home in Brookfield, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial in Wil's name for future scholarship funds. Services are in the care of the Harder Funeral Home. 262-781-8350 www. harderfuneralhome.com
Harder Funeral Service Inc
18700 West Capitol Drive Brookfield, WI 53045
Published in Door County Advocate from July 17 to July 19, 2014