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Wendell W. Lewis,


LINCOLN - Wendell W. "Windy" Lewis, Jr., 79 of Lincoln passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 1:48 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Lewis was held on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln with Rev. Simon Taabu officiating. Military Rites will be accorded by American Legion Post # 263 of Lincoln.

Visitation was held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the church on Tuesday.

Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Lincoln at a later date. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wendell William Lewis Jr. was born on November 18, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Wendell W. Lewis Sr., and Veronica Wirth Lewis. He married Jill A. Tremper from Sandwich, Illinois.

Windy attended grade and junior high school in Minneapolis, MN. His family moved to Lincoln the day before classes began in the fall of 1946. During high school, Windy participated in football, basketball, and track. He was his junior class president and a member of the Student Council and National Honor Society. After graduating high school, Windy attended Bradley University on a scholarship participating in freshman football and track. In 1952, with Uncle Sam close behind, he transferred to the University of Minnesota. Windy entered the United States Army in January of 1953. He was stationed in California. Due to his background as a life guard and water safety instructor, he was assigned to Special Services as a life guard at Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation. After the Military Service, he graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, while at the time he was employed at the home office of State Farm Insurance. In 1961, he opened Spruce Up Men's Clothing Store in downtown Lincoln. He owned and operated Spruce Up for 17 years. After closing his store he worked as a fiscal monitor for the State of Illinois.

Windy embraced his family unconditionally; he recycled everything with the belief that saving God's earth was giving back for his many blessings. He is loved!

He is survived by his loving wife: Jill, two daughters: Cindy (Steve) Goodman and Stephanie Winter both of Lincoln, Seven grandchildren: Zachery (Jackie) Winter of Yorkville, Steven (Jessica) Goodman of Lincoln, Danielle Winter of Springfield, Shanna (Chris) Schneider, Shanae (Bret) Tripplett both of Lincoln, Desirae Winter of Mattoon and Isaac Lewis of Lincoln, two great grandchildren Ellie Grace and Finley Jack Winter, one brother: M. Todd (Joan) Lewis of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother: Kingsley Lewis.

Memorials may be made to Carroll Catholic School or Holy family Food Pantry.

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Published in The Lincoln Courier on Dec. 28, 2011.
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January 2, 2012
Cindy, Stephanie, I don't get the Courier and did not know of your dad's passing until tonight. So sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you.

Laura Swearingen
December 31, 2011
Jill,Todd and family Glenn and I learned of Windys passing from our long time friends and Lincolnites Gene and Carol Liesman. Reading the obit vbrought back many memories for me of the Lewis family dating back to grade school, The Spruce Up Store and of course watching Windy performing off the Lincoln Lakes diving board. After Glenn and I married in l958 before Glenns college career and employment with State Farm we had some fun times with you and Windy Jill.You are in our thoughts and prayers and I hope you will give us a call,this summer when you come to Blmgtn. Sincerely, Brenda and Glenn C. Hurt.
December 31, 2011
Brenda &Glenn Hurt
December 29, 2011
So sorry to hear of this...no matter how much time has ever passed between our visits, all of you have been like family to me. It seems like just yesterday that I was playing out at your house on "the lakes"...my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. With love, Brittnie Springer
December 29, 2011
Sorry for your loss, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jason and Elizabeth Sutton Cassidy
December 29, 2011
Dear Jill,Cindy,and Stephanie,
I am so sorry to read the news of Windy's passing . I have many fond memories of hanging out at your house on State Street with your mom and dad, "back in the day". We always had a good time with them both .. Windy was a good sport to put up with us and our goings on. I know you have many wonderful memories of your loving husband and father. May Heaven Rest Him Now. My sincere condolences to you all. J.P.Dougherty
J.P. Dougherty
December 29, 2011
Todd and Joan,
I am so sorry to read about the passing of your brother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Lach Killgore
Mary Lach Killgore
December 28, 2011
Jill, Cindy, Stephanie and families,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Windy. So many good memories and good times. You're all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Becky Eckert Hummel
Becky Hummel
December 27, 2011
To Windy's family,

I also worked with Windy @ DCCA. I had no idea what a varied & exciting background he had. Sounds like he had a wonderful, full life. I know he was very proud of his family. I am very sorry for your loss.

Judy Matson
Judy Matson
December 26, 2011
Our sympathy to Windy's family and loved ones. We worked with Windy when he was a monitor and totally enjoyed his sense of humor and great stories about family vacations. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Anne Schneider
December 26, 2011
I sm sorry to read of your father's passing. My the memories that you built through the years sustain you during this most difficult time. Bless you all.

Marsha Humphres Doerr
December 25, 2011
My thoughts and prayers to Windy's family. My husband Stan Smith played sports with Windy the class of 1950.
Donna Shay Smith of Frisco,Texas
December 25, 2011
I worked with Windy at DCCA, He was a good nan with a big heart, I know
he will be missed by many.
Janice Huff
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