Lewis Frank Remy
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MANSFIELD: Lewis Frank Remy, after a long battle with COPD and emphysema, passed away at home on July 6, 2013 at age 87.
Lew was born near Stanford, Kentucky on April 2, 1926 to Marietta (King) and Frank S. Remy. A 1944 graduate of Madison High School, he joined the Army Air Corp upon reaching his eighteenth birthday, achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and served as a radio operator on B-29 missions based out of Tinian and Guam until the end of World War II. Upon returning to Mansfield, he married his high school sweetheart, Janice Beverly McCollough on July 12, 1947, spending nearly 66 years together. She survives.
A consummate craftsman, Lew spent the majority of his working life in home construction and related fields as a cabinet maker, homebuilder, real estate salesman, broker and appraiser. In his 50s, he turned his talents to artistic wookworking by creating fantastic wooden bowls, carved birds, decoys, quarter-sized carousel horses and intricate figures of which two of his favorites were "Toad" from the 'Wind in the Willows' and Johnny Appleseed carved in apple wood from a tree supposedly planted by Johnny Appleseed himself. In his 70s, he took a basket case 1959 Morris Minor pick-up and fully restored it to its original off-the-assembly line condition. He proudly drove it to many car shows and numerous parades winning medals and trophies. He was also especially appreciative of the fact that he was able to participate in the Honor Flight Network and being able to observe the World War II Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
Lew was also a community minded individual. He and Janice were founding members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and assisted in the construction of its original sanctuary. They are currently members of Little Washington Congregational Church. He was a 65 year member of Mansfield Council #94 and Mansfield Chapter 28, Grand Council Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, Mansfield Commandery #21, Knights Templar and High Twelve Club #408 as well as Hermits Club. He was a former Washington Township Trustee, member and President of the Mansfield Board of Realtors, member of the Mansfield City Planning Commission, member and President of Johnny Appleseed Wood Carvers, member of Morris Minor Registry of North America, Kiwanis and past-President of Richland County Regional Planning.
In addition to his wife, Janice, Lew is survived by his son, David and his wife Therese of Mansfield, a step-granddaughter Elyse (Robert) Cox of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, two great grandchildren, Cecelia Marie and Owen David Cox, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lowell and Marilyn McCollough of Strongsville, Ohio, a sister-in-law, Marabella (McCollough) Remy of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, nephews, Tim, Pat and Mike Remy and Keith McCollough and their spouses and nieces, Linda Morrow, Lori Barch and Beverly Bragg and their spouses, as well as, a brother, Charles Remy of Belton, South Carolina.
Along with his parents, Lew was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Mary Elizabeth McCollough and an infant brother, Frederick.
A memorial service for Lew will be conducted by Pastor David Root of Little Washington Congregational Church on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., with a calling hour beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary. A contingent from the Joint Veterans Council will assist in the services. Private internment will occur at a later date.
The family would like to thank the entire staff of Kindred Hospital and the caring staff of MedCentral Hospice for the compassionate care and assistance that they provided during his latest illness and Wappner Funeral Directors for the assistance they provided with funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, Lew's family wishes that memorial contributions, in his memory, be made to MedCentral Hospice, the Little Washington Congregational Church Scholarship Fund, Salvation Army or any other organization of the givers choice.
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Published in the News Journal from July 11 to July 17, 2013