Heaven has received another hero. Ronald K. Lewis, 63, of 2601 East Valley View, was called home to heaven at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2012) in his home surrounded by his family and loved ones. Born on April 27, 1949, in Meredosia, he was a son of Donald Lewis and the late Elta Mae "Sue" Lewis. He was married to Connie Fortner for 33 years, and even after divorcing remained close friends. He was a hard worker and worked at Celotex for 27 years. Ronald loved life, and lived it to the fullest. He loved everyone and will be missed by so many. His favorite things to do were spending time with his grandchildren whom he adored more than anything. He had a nickname for each of his children and grandchildren and we will cherish that forever. Family was his number one priority. He was a big bargain shopper and loved going to yard sales, and the gambling boat. He loved Elvis Presley and often called himself "The King." He loved God, and always wore a cross necklace around his neck. He was wise, as much as he was ornery, but we would have not had it any other way. Survivors include his father, Donald Lewis of Quincy; a brother, Jeff Lewis and wife, Cheryl, of Kenner, La.; three sisters, Linda Cramsey, Donna Lewis and Anita Vaughn and her husband, Blaine, all of Quincy; six daughters, Lanelle Gallaher and her husband, Jeff, of Quincy, Dawn Raleigh and her husband, Matt, of Payson, Ginny Lewis and her fiance, Homer Feltes Jr., of Quincy, Linda Swoape and her husband, Timmy Swoape, of Quincy, Chrystal Lewis and her fiance, James Holt, of Quincy and Shawna Mefford of Keokuk, Iowa; four sons, Ronald Flisk of North Dakota, Mikey Fortner and fiancee, Misty Bowen, of Mendon, Ronald K. Lewis II and Patrick Lewis, both of Quincy; and an adopted son he always had a special bond with, Zac Winerts. He had 23 grandchildren and one due in March 2013, whom he loved dearly; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Ronald was an amazing father, brother, uncle and friend. He was always willing to help others and did whatever it took to support and protect his family. He will always bring a smile to our faces and a warmth in our hearts. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elta Mae "Sue" Lewis in June, 2010. SERVICES: Graveside services will be held at noon Saturday in Benville Cemetery in Brown County with Pastor Steve Disseler conducting. VISITATION: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. MEMORIALS: Blessing Foundation for Hospice. ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from October 18 to October 20, 2012