Aug 14, 1920 - Jan 26, 2013 BETHANY Leo Earl Lewis was born Aug. 14, 1920, in Cisco, TX. He went to be with the Lord on Jan 26, 2013, in Claremore, OK, where he lived in the Veterans Center. He was the youngest son of Albert Lewis and Viola Crawford. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 61 years, E Joyce Robertson Lewis. He is survived by sons, Robert Lewis (Arlene), of Bethany; and Larry Lewis (Darlene), of Huntsville, AL; and daughter, Linda Sims, of Crosby, TX. He has 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He grew up in McAlester, OK but spent most of his adult life in Oklahoma City and Bethany. He and Joyce attended Council Road Baptist Church for 30 years, where they made many dear friends. He was in the Army Air Corps during WWII and served with the 45th Army National Guard during the Korean Conflict, where he earned the rank of MSgt. He retired from Catlin Aviation after 30 years, where he was the Service Manager. After retirement, he became active with the Lions Club and became an avid golfer. He loved flying and especially loved giving grandchildren and nephews their first airplane rides. He also dearly loved cooking for his grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at Bill Merritt Funeral Service Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 2 p.m., with interment to follow to Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 29, 2013