Ray B. Lewis, 96, of Eldon, Missouri, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Miller County Care & Rehab in Tuscumbia, Missouri.
He was born February 20, 1916 in Eunice, Missouri, the son of the late James Edward and Ollie (Miller) Lewis.
On June 9, 1946 in Cabool, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Mildred M. (Harral) Lewis, who survives of the home.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred of the home; his daughters and son-in-law, Lovena Rae Gibson of Eldon and Brenda Kay and Jack Rogers of Rocky Mount, Missouri; his grandchildren, Rhonda (Gibson) Miller of Osage Beach, Missouri, Dana (Gibson) Gilpin of Jefferson City, Missouri, Michael Gibson of Eugene, Missouri, Deanna (Rogers) Powell of Lake Ozark, Missouri, and Brian Rogers of Eldon; his great-grandchildren, Cole Miller, Kendal Miller, Amber Powell, Alora Powell, Addam Powell, Spencer and Ian Rogers; and a sister, Marie Mitchem of Cabool, Missouri.
His parents, two brothers, Othol Lewis and Elmon O. Lewis, and two sisters, Orba Ice and Faye Hamilton, preceded him in death.
Ray was a veteran of the United States Army, serving from February 17, 1941 through October 7, 1945, doing a tour of duty during World War II. He served in the Aleutian Islands from June 2, 1942 through September 13, 1942 in the infantry as gunner, and at Camp Hood, Texas, as a supply sergeant. He was employed with Ellis Grocery in Cabool after his military service, then Kroger Grocery in Springfield, Missouri, transferring to Eldon in 1953. He continued working with IGA and Kroger until his retirement in 1980. He enjoyed being with his family and they were most important in his life.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Cabool since June 6, 1931 and had been the oldest living member. That title now belongs to his sister.
Funeral services were held at 12:00 p.m. February 20, 2013 at Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon with Rev. Steve George officiating. Interment followed at Eldon City Cemetery with full military honors provided by Eldon VFW Post #2442.
Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO.