EDELSTEIN - Larry G. Lewis, 69, of Edelstein, Ill., died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.
He was born Oct. 19, 1944, in Pittsfield, Ill., the son of Irving James and Emma Mae (Mulkins) Lewis. He married Mary Ballinger in 1964. He divorced Mary Ballinger in August of 1999. On Dec. 31, 1999, he married Pamela (Selberg) Dries in Peoria.
Larry graduated from the Barry High School in 1964.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Jamie (Dries) Herold, with whom he lived with, and Lisa Watt of Edelstein and the late Jim Watt of Florida; two sons, Jim and Melissa Lewis of North Pekin and Matt and Terri Lewis of Green Valley; three sisters, Cindy and Ted Preul of Truxton, Mo., Nancy Alford of Cuba and Alma and Howard Harshman of New Salem; brother, Dale Selberg of Yates City; and two sisters-in-law, Linda Selberg-Ward of Lewistown and Jeannie Lewis of Quincy, Ill. Larry is survived by the following grandchildren: Kirkland, Dakota and Austin Herold of Edelstein, Jenny Cox of Pekin, James Taylor of Pekin, Scott Taylor of Tennessee, Brittney and Kati Dries of Glasford, Emmalee and Olivia Lewis of Green Valley, Jimmy, Logan and Mason Lewis and Brittney and Danica Goldsby of North Pekin, and Zach Lewis-Davis of Pekin; and three great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Colin Taylor of Pekin, Ill., and Zane Taylor of Tennessee. There are many nephews and nieces in the Kinderhook, Barry, New Salem, Franklin, Pleasant Hill and Pittsfield area.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wade Lewis (2007) of Barry; a brother-in-law, Fred Bowen (2008), and a sister, Mary Lewis-Bowen (2011), both of Groveland; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Kleier-Windish-Selberg (2011) of Yates City.
Larry worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years, retiring in 1999. Larry worked part-time at Finish Line Ford as a courtesy driver.
Larry loved working with wood, fishing and gardening. He liked driving his Kubota tractor and helping his neighbors.
He will be missed by all that knew him. He was a loving father, husband, uncle and grandfather and friend to many.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Weber-Hurd Funeral Home is in charge of the cremation, and a celebration of life with visitation will be on Friday, April 25, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a service at 7 p.m., at the funeral home.