Gary W. (Louie) Lewis, 65 of Sanger, Texas, formerly of Connersville, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning January 19, 2018, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, Texas.
One of four children of Inez Davis Lewis and Elvin Lewis, Gary was born on June 27, 1952.
He attended Fayette County schools and was a member of the first graduating class of the then newly constructed Connersville High School in 1970. He later attended Moorhead University in Kentucky. As a youth, Gary enjoyed and participated in many sports, and he continued to be an avid sports fan throughout his life, having an uncanny memory of historical events.
Gary worked at Van’s Marathon while in high school. Following his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and received his honorable discharge in 1974. After returning home, he was employed at Stant Manufacturing before re-enlisting in the Navy, retiring after 18 years of service on October 31, 1994, with the rank of Personnelman Chief Petty Officer (AW). Following his retirement from the Navy, Gary worked for IMTT Bayonne/T.E.S.T. in Newark, New Jersey until his retirement on March 15, 2015.
While Gary was stationed in Florida, he met his wife and best friend, Beverly (Bev) Farris Martens who was also serving in the Navy. They were married December 20, 1982, in Bev’s home state of West Virginia.
Together, Gary and Bev traveled to many countries with the Navy, but most of their time was spent stationed in Florida or Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, they decided to make their home in Sanger, Texas.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Bev Lewis; two step-children Regina Martens of Phoenix, Arizona and Michael (Nancy) Martens of Galt, California; two sisters, Katina (Dan) Boggs of Huntington, Indiana and Sheri (Steve) McKinney of Connersville; nieces, Angela (Russ) Conrad, Danielle (Eric) Thompson, and Sarah McKinney; a nephew, Joshua (Trisha) McKinney; seven great-nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Gary was preceded in death by a brother, Alan Lewis.
Gary will be missed by all who knew him, from his contagious laugh to his storytelling. He would light up a room as soon as he entered, he never met a stranger. A private graveside committal with military honors provided by the Fayette County Veterans Council will be conducted at Dale Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Gary from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018at the Connersville Amvets Post #11, 1413 N Eastern Avenue, Connersville, Indiana 47331.
Memorial contributions can be made to Amvets Post #11, Disabled American Veterans, or an animal shelter of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.