Dale Edwin Lewis
MANSFIELD: Dale Edwin Lewis of Mansfield went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Hospice House in Ashland surrounded by his family. He was 83.
Born September 9, 1930 to the late James H. & Imo D. (Chilcote) Lewis in Morrow County, he was a 1950 graduate of Johnsville High School. Dale served our country as an airman in the Air National Guard from 1950-1957. He was married to the late Virginia S. (Botkins) Lewis for over 31 years until her passing in 2005; they are now together again.
Dale worked as an assembler at Barnes Pumps for over 41 years and upon retirement took a job as a clerk in Hawkins Market where his cheerful personality was a perfect fit. He also drove cars for Graham Auto Mall and driving new cars through the peaceful countryside turned out to be his favorite job.
In spare time, Dale enjoyed golfing, gardening and cheering for his favorite baseball team: the Atlanta Braves. His family and friends will miss his positive attitude and friendly smile. Dale never complained a day in his life and chose to lead by example.
He was a longtime member of the First Friends Church in Mansfield where he served in many ways including as a greeter.
He is survived by his sons, Harold (Beth) Lewis of Waukesha, WI, Jason Howald of Pinellas Park, FL, and Michael Howald of Cuyahoga Falls; three grandchildren, James D. (Lindsey) Howald of Lexington, Alicia Howald of Pinellas Park, FL, and Eric Tyree of Bellville; great-granddaughter, Peyton Howald of Lexington; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Lewis of Mansfield.
In addition to his wife and parents, Dale was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Howald of Kalamazoo, MI; a sister, Helen Hildebrand; and a brother, Donald F. Lewis.
A service celebrating his life will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home with Pastor Allan Swinderman conducting the service. Friends are encouraged to call Tuesday before the service from 12 to 2 p.m. and burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery in Johnsville.
Contributions in his memory may be made to First Friends Church or Hospice of North Central Ohio and sent in the care of the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dale's family & private messages to them may be sent at SnyderFuneralHomes.com