Mr. John A. Lewis, age 79, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Adams Street Place.
He was born on February 10, 1938 in Carlinville, Illinois, a son of the late Claude and Ruth (Phelps) Lewis. He married Beverly Bacon on May 14, 1955 in Hernando, Mississippi.
John graduated from Farmersville High School in Illinois. He was a member of the first graduating class of Linn State Technical College in 1963 with a degree in Electronics.
He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1955 until 1959.
He was employed as Chief Telecommunications Engineer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 34 years prior to his retirement in 1993.
He was a member of the Capital City Christian Church; a 50 year member of the Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M.; the Moolah Temple in St. Louis, Mo.; the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2693; the American Legion Roscoe, Enloe Post 5, National Rifle Association and the Wears Creek Yacht Club.
John loved to entertain and cook. He devoted many hours to frying fish for the Capital Shrine Club and cooking for the American Legion while on the “A” team. John and Beverly loved to travel visiting all 50 states. John was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman, passing that love onto his kids and grandkids.
Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Beverly Lewis; son, David Lewis (Marcie) of Jefferson City, Mo.; daughters, Debbie Mehmert (Tom) of Holts Summit, Mo. and Diana Phelps (Chuck) of Jefferson City, Mo.; brother, Elmer “Gene” Lewis (Opal) of Yorktown, Virginia; seven grandchildren, Beth Crocker (Johnny) of Hallsville, Mo., Jennifer Martin (Joe) of Holts Summit, Mo., Dan Lewis (Emily) of Jefferson City, Mo., Chad Terrell of Pueblo, Colorado, Bryan Mehmert (Emily Sharp) of Jefferson City, Mo., Aimee Terrell (Buster Belt) of Jefferson City, Mo., and Eric Mehmert (Brianna Murphy) of Jefferson City, Mo.; eight great-grandchildren, Emma Crocker, Delaney Crocker, Claire Lewis, Jack Lewis, Olivia Martin, Colby Moats, Adlee Winemiller and Lily Winemiller; three step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerald Lewis and Rex Lewis; and sister, Ruth Ann Lewis.
Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 until 11:00 am Saturday, January 6, 2018 with a Masonic Service conducted at 9:30 am in the Freeman Chapel under the auspices of the Jefferson Lodge No. 43, A.F. & A.M.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am Saturday, January 6, 2018 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Don Fankhauser officiating. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Capital City Christian Church, Shriners Hospitals for Children, or Hospice Compassus.