JOHN C. LEWIS


LEWIS JOHN C. LEWIS Capt. John C. Lewis, of Oakton, VA, who served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars in the Naval Supply Corps, before a distinguished civilian career, passed away on October 22, 2013 at the age of 82. Born in 1931 in Kansas City, MO to Wilbert Wallace Lewis and Myrtle McGuire Lewis, Capt. Lewis graduated from Holton High School in Holton, KS. While in high school, he served as President of his 1949 Senior Class and was recognized as a Kansas all-state football receiver, all-state basketball player and regional and state track meets for hurdles. He enrolled at Baker University in Baldwin, KS, joining Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and received a total of 12 varsity letters from his participation in football, basketball, and track for each of his four years of college. He was awarded the four-year James Paxon Mize athletic/academic scholarship by Baker University. Upon graduation from Baker, he joined the U.S. Navy Supply Corps, the first step in a distinguished 23 year career that took him and his family to California, Hawaii, California for a second time, Rhode Island, Japan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. His final assignment and the culmination of his naval career was Head Supply Officer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. While serving in the Navy, Capt. Lewis graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval War College and earned an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. As a young officer stationed in Washington, DC, he served as a White House Military Aide under President and Mrs. Eisenhower. During that time, a friend set him up on a blind date with Ruth Ann Nicolls. A year later, in 1958, they were married at the Naval Chapel in Washington, DC. Following his retirement from the Navy in 1976, the Lewises moved to Oakton, VA. Capt. Lewis held a number of executive-level positions consulting for the FAA and DOD in the private sector, first with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, then with CACI Federal, Inc, then completing his career at CEXEC until his second retirement in 2006 at the age of 76. Capt. Lewis' public commitments included service on the Presidential Transition Team for President-Elect Reagan, evaluating operational effectiveness of components of the General Services Administration. He was inducted into the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. His civic service included leadership on the Boards of two homeowners associations. For most of his life, he considered his Delt brothers from Baker to be among his closest friends, along with the many Navy friends he and Ruth Ann accumulated during their Navy years. Capt. Lewis is predeceased by his wife, Ruth Ann, who passed away in February of 2012; his parents; his sister, Ellen Sadler, formerly of Grand Rapids, MI, and his brother, Bill, formerly of Brentwood, TN. He is survived by his daughter, Cheri A. Lewis of Charlottesville, VA, and his daughter, Suzy Lewis Yoder and her husband, Paul Bryant Yoder, and his grandchildren, Allison and Paul Bryant, Jr. "P.J." Yoder, all of Charlotte, NC. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery after a Service of Remembrance at the Old Post Chapel at Ft. Myer, Arlington, VA on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9 a.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the online or at P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73128-1718. Online condolences can be expressed at: www.moneyandking.com www.moneyandking.com

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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 17, 2013