William B. Lewis

William B. Lewis, 79, a longtime resident of Covington Twp., died Thursday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton. His wife of 56 years is the former Gail M. Schultz.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Robert G. and Ruth B. Lewis Davis, he was a 1952 graduate of Moscow High School, where he played basketball for three years. He served in the Army where he was stationed at Fort Knox and later Springfield. Bill was a self-employed carpenter, hand crafted toboggans with his son, later worked for John Gallo and then, until his retirement in 1999, was maintenance supervisor for NEIU 19, in Mayfield. He was an active member of the Covington Volunteer Fire Company with of over 50 years of service and he served as captain of the Fire Police for many years. As a member of the Daleville United Methodist Church, he was chairman of the Annual Chicken BBQ and chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was a former committee member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 132, Spring Brook Twp. Bill coached Little League, Biddy Basketball and was a member of the Moscow Mountain Bowling League where he bowled a 650 game and had high spares in both halves.

Bill was a fisherman, a gardener, an avid Boston Red Sox baseball fan and Penn State Football fan. One of the highlights of his life was attending the Rose Bowl Game in 1994 with his family. Bill would go out of his way to help anyone and was a great loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Dunmore Hematology & Oncology Office, to Dr. William Heim and his staff, and to Dr. Robert Kaville and his staff for their wonderful care.

Also surviving is a son, William D. Lewis, Covington Twp.; sisters, Anne L. Basila, Spring Brook Twp.; Joan D. Browning and husband, Charles, Moosic; and Eleanor Slesh and husband, Stanley, Spring Brook Twp.; a brother, Robert E. Lewis and wife, Bette, Spring Brook Twp.; a brother-in-law, Bud Schultz and wife, Kathleen, of Elmhurst; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Minnie Jones; his step-father, Lewis Davis; and his brother, David E. Lewis.

The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3 First St., Spring Brook Twp., with Pastor Eric Luczak, pastor of Daleville U.M.C., officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Dunmore Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Daleville United Methodist Church or the Covington Volunteer Fire Company.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.strauchfu neralhomes.com.

Published in Scranton Times on July 20, 2013