KETTERING, Ohio — A thirst for knowledge, a passion for people, a soul full of song, in his 89 years, Dr. W.J. “Jack” Lewis personified and defined each of those phrases. He was born in Indiana on June 8, 1924, and joined the heavenly chorus on April 5, 2014.
A family practitioner by trade, Jack was a healer, a sympathetic ear and a confidant to thousands of patients during his 37-year practice.
His family always came first but it was truly the gift of music that gladdened his heart more than anything. Perhaps his greatest musical happiness was the pure joy of four-part harmony he shared, most especially with friends of seven decades he met at DePauw University and continued to vacation with yearly in a special slice of God’s backyard in Old Mission.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ann; and their children, Bill (Susan), Kathy Dierkes (Joe), Megan Haddox (Craig) and Jill, all of whom inherited his love of music. He was especially proud of his grandchildren, Jackie (Michael), Courtney (Matt), Katie, Evan, Carrie, John (Alex) and Mary.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 3 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, Kettering, Ohio, and a private burial in Mapleton.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations made in Jack’s name go to the Christ United Methodist Church Music Department, 3440 Shroyer Road, Kettering, OH 45429; the Welsh North American Association, Box 1054, Trumansburg, NY 14886; or the Old Mission Congregational Church, PO Box 91, Old Mission, MI 49673.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.routsong.com.