Mark F. Lewis
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Mark Floyd Lewis, 52, of Springfield, Missouri, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014 after a courageous fight against cancer. Mark was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 8, 1962. He was preceded in death by his maternal and fraternal grandparents, Lee and Corene Hudson, and Floyd and Mary Lewis. Survivors include his soul mate and devoted wife and faithful canine children, Leslie Lewis, Shawncey, and Bella; his best friend and son and daughter-in-law, Jordan Mark Lewis and Daisha Lewis; his beautiful granddaughters, Madison and Makayla Lewis; his sisters and brother, Julie Paton, Christi Arthur, and Donald Lewis, all of whom loved him very much; and his loving mother, Una Lewis.
Mark attended the University of Missouri and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University. He worked in the IT department for 20 years at City Utilities in Springfield. He loved his job and was very knowledgeable about his work. He had many friends at City Utilities and "if you met him you liked him." Mark met Leslie at work and later married her. He felt his life was complete. Shawncey and Bella, Mark and Leslie's canine children wanted for nothing.
Mark was an accomplished and talented drummer, creating his first set of drums from coffee cans. He played many gigs with a country band when he was a teen. He loved to "trick out" his ride, a Maverick. Mark installed a speaker system in the back of his Maverick making him the coolest guy in town. (The interior of the Maverick later caught fire from his less than adequate wiring.)
Mark loved wild birds of any kind but especially humming birds which he supplied with nectar feeders in two locations in the yard. He also kept his bird feeder full of seed at all times. When he was young Mark had a chicken named Brownie who only laid an egg after a discussion with Mark about the consequences of NOT laying an egg. He once hatched a chick in an incubator. The chick then thought of himself as a human. Mark also welcomed an opossum named Patty to the farm, and a runt pig named Porky. Mark spent much of his time on the farm building miniature outhouses and blowing them up with fire crackers. Mark and his brother Donald carried out many shenanigans which will not be mentioned to protect the innocent. His sisters usually "ratted" them out to their parents. Mark's rock music could be heard throughout the house when he was a teen.
Mark was an avid golfer and could be found on the golf course with his wife and son when as much as possible. He enjoyed reciting excerpts from Caddie Shack during play. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 5-8pm, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home located at 1947 East Seminole, Springfield, Missouri. No services are planned.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole
Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader on June 9, 2014