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Theodore Robert "Ted" Lewis

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Founding member of AMT
Theodore Robert "Ted" Lewis, 79, a longtime resident of Alamogordo, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009, at La Posada in Las Cruces.
Ted was born Nov. 21, 1929, in Ansonia, Conn., to Clarence and Elizabeth (Flach) Lewis. While serving in the Air Force, he was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base. He met his wife, Evelyn, in Alamogordo and they married in 1952. He worked in retail sales and management at local stores, including the Alamogordo Music Center and the Men's Store.
Ted was one of the founding members of the Alamogordo Music Theater (AMT), performing in an extensive number of musicals and serving as treasurer for many years. He was recognized in 2008 with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th anniversary of the AMT. Ted was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, where he sang in the choir and was often a soloist, notably "Oh, Holy Night" at Christmas Eve services.
Ted is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his son Jim Lewis and his wife, Cathy, of Delray Beach, Fla.; his daughter Ruth Christopher and her husband, John, of Las Cruces; nine grandchildren, Michael and Patrick Lewis, T.J., Jarrett and Chris Scanlon, Jennifer Umphress, and Benjamin, Michael and Sean Christopher; two great-grandchildren; his sister Maren Ives and her husband, Ken, of Las Cruces, and their children Jennifer Gonzalez, Cheryl Soper and Benjamin Ives; his sister-in-law Louise Shankweiler, of Alamogordo, and her daughter Beverly and husband, Jim Folan, of Cloudcroft, and her son Gary and wife, Jean Shankweiler, of California.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 13, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Frank Wilson officiating.
Interment will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Gary Shankweiler, Jim Folan, T.J. Scanlon, Jarrett Scanlon, John Christopher, Ben Christopher and Sean Christopher.
Friends may call Thursday, March 12, 2009, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the Ted Lewis Scholarship (AMT's general scholarship in honor of Ted Lewis), P.O. Box 266, Alamogordo, NM 88311, or to the music ministry at St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 449, Alamogordo, NM 88311.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 11 to Mar. 25, 2009
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