Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 12, 2013

Lewis Elsworth Williams

TRAVERSE CITY — Lewis Elsworth Williams, 85, of Traverse City passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at his home with his loving wife at his side.

Lewis was born on Feb. 10, 1928, to the late Clarence E. and Hattie (Ralston) Williams. On Feb. 15, 1946, he enlisted and served in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 10, 1947. Upon returning home, he married the love of his life, Shirley (Kuehnlein), on Jan. 24, 1948. Together they raised their beloved daughter, Terri.

Lewis was employed by Monroe Auto Equipment for 10 years and General Motors until his retirement. During his employment with General Motors, he worked on the assembly line and in the maintenance department as an oiler.

After he retired in 1986, he and Shirley moved north to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. He enjoyed outdoor activities, hiking, fishing and hunting, as a good reason to spend time with his grandchildren. He was a talented woodworker and enjoyed the process of planning and completing numerous projects, one of which was their first house. During the years he was employed with GM, he also worked in the evenings for individuals remodeling their homes.

In his retirement years, he took great pride in the care of his lawn. He by far had the nicest lawn on the block. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Interlochen and spent many hours helping with the construction of the present church. He was always grateful for the faith he was given in his Savior Jesus Christ and enjoyed worshipping with family and friends on Sunday mornings.

Lewis truly cherished his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will fondly be remembered for his fun-loving spirit and love for his family.

Surviving Lewis is his wife, Shirley, of 65 years; daughter, Terri (Robert) Shoemaker; grandchildren, Erich (Sara) Shoemaker, Laura (Jason) Bauer, and Annelise (Thomas) Sophiea; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Shoemaker, Oliver Shoemaker, Edwin Shoemaker, Micah Bauer, Elijah Bauer, Madeline Bauer, Ainslee Sophiea, and Isabella Sophiea; and many other loving family members and friends.

Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Clarence, Herbert, Rose, Jack and Darrell.

Funeral services will take place on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Interlochen at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church or to St. Jude Research Hospital. Please sign Lewis’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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