Donald Lewis

Donald E. Lewis

Monday, March 6th, 1944 - Thursday, March 26th, 2020
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Donald Edward Lewis, 76, of Willoughby, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at West Medical Center in Willoughby.

He was born on March 6, 1944 in Cleveland to Glen and Lois (Herron) Lewis. At the age of four, Don’s family moved from Bratenahl to Willoughby, where his father was the manager of the former Wright’s Department Store on Erie Street and his mother taught kindergarten.

They lived near the former Browning Elementary School, which Don attended, followed by Willoughby Junior High School which was then located in the former Union High School in downtown Willoughby. He graduated from Willoughby South High School, with the class of 1962.

His sister, Marilyn, graduated from the former Andrews School for Girls in Willoughby in 1958, and continued her education at Kent State University. After high school, Don attended night school at Chandler Tech School which was located in the Ridge Road Chandler Tucker mansion and barns. He worked for the former Gressel’s Foods, providing home delivery of groceries.

He was drafted into the United States Army, serving from 1966-1968 at Fort Belvoir in Washington, D.C. Following his military service, Don became a journeyman tool and die maker. He worked for the former Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation and then for Universal Metal Products.

Don was a very active member of the Willoughby community. He served as Chairman of the Willoughby Shade Tree Commission, and was also the Treasurer of The Willoughby Historical Society, The Willoughby Area Welcome Center and The Sons of the American Revolution, Samuel Huntington Chapter in Mentor. He enjoyed having built two homes in Willoughby.

He was a lifelong member of Willoughby United Methodist Church, where he served for 46 years as an usher and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees during a major church renovation. He was also a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Willoughby Lodge 302 F. & A.M.

Don and Pat received the Willoughby Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizens Award in 2005. In 2008, they received the Willoughby Frontier Days Pioneer Award for their commitment to the City of Willoughby and its residents.

Don is survived by his wife of 40 years, Pat, whom he married on December 22, 1979. He also leaves his sister, Marilyn (Kelvin) Kramp and their children; Karen (Chuck) Pankuch, and Ken (Dee Dee) Kramp. Karen’s children are Sheena (Rafal) Nemecek and Brittney Nemecek and Ken’s children are Kameron and Kyralin Kramp.

Following Don’s wishes, private burial will be at Willoughby Cemetery.
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    Willoughby Cemetery
    4145 Madison Avenue
    Willoughby, Ohio 44094
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Love Greta Lee and the girls

Posted at 10:19am
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Love , Joanie

Posted at 01:55pm
I have very fond memories of Don as a part of our family. Much love to Patty.
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Cheryl J Skinner, Tri-State Military Museum

Posted at 03:36am
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Donald E. Lewis, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Donald E. Lewis, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Robin Alborn

Posted at 06:53pm
Don and Pat were the best neighbors and friends. Mr. Willoughby was a fond nickname for Don. He gave my daughter all the history of the home she bought in Willoughby near the Browning school, priceless memories. Don you will always be remembered with a smile. Rest In Peace friend.
Robin (Shiner) Alborn

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