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LifeSpring Church
Thursday December 9th, 2021
11:00am - 1:00pm

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Chester Lewis

Chester (Chet) Lewis, 77 years old, of Greens Fork, Indiana passed away on Sunday, December 05, 2021 of complications from Covid-19.

Chet grew up in Connersville, IN and graduated from Connersville High School in 1963, where he played Varsity Football. He went to Ball State where he played football as a "walk-on”. Chet was drafted in 1965, joining the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, serving in Vietnam as a Parachute Rigger, volunteering to serve an additional 6 months of duty before leaving in 1968, achieving the rank of Sergeant E5. In 1970 he earned an Associates Degree from Vincennes University. In 2005, he retired from Ford Motor Company/Visteon after 35 years of service with roles spanning from foreman, to general superintendent over those years.

Since then, he thoroughly enjoyed riding his 100th anniversary Harley Davidson Road King to California and back. He was an active member of LifeSpring Church North running the cameras for service every Saturday and Sunday. He always enjoyed his pool, lawn care and working on his 1969 Ford Bronco. You could always count on Chet to send a funny email, or share a story about his frustrations with his adventures in cell phone and 21st century technology. For fun, he drove a school bus, and always enjoyed assisting the Amish and his community.
He is survived by his daughter, Dena Kirkham (husband, Joshua Kirkham), his son Mario Lewis (wife, Dena Libner), and their mother Giovanna Olivieri-Lewis; his grandchildren Julia Kirkham, Nora Kirkham and Leo Lewis. He is also survived by his eldest brother, Charles Lewis, as well as his nieces and nephews: Brad Lewis, Wendy Hunt, Beth Brown, Mark Lewis and Mindy Lewis.
He is preceded in death by his father Shelby Lewis, his mother Annetta Walling, his brothers Keith Lewis and Harvey Lewis, and his sister Jewlden Lewis.
Mario and Dena will miss their father immensely, as he was a great and generous man who loved them unconditionally.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 9 at Lifespring Church, 5600 US 27 North, Richmond. Interment will follow in Dale Cemetery in Connersville, where military rites will be conducted.
Family & friends may gather for visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 9 at the church.
Visitors are requested to wear a mask while attending services for Chet.
Memorial contributions are encouraged for Lifespring Church, 5600 US 27 North, Richmond, IN 47374.

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A candle was lit in memory of Chester Lewis

Bryan and Paula Blair Dec 16 2021 4:12 AM

I graduated with Chet from CHS in 1963. Always a friendly person with a smile. R. I. P.. Chet with Jesus. May God be with your loved ones during this sad time.

Agnes Wilcher (Ervine) Dec 10 2021 9:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Chester Lewis

Agnes Wilcher (Ervine) Dec 10 2021 9:32 PM

Condolences to the family:
Chet was a good friend to me and many others.
A lot of hearts ache today but I encourage everyone to remember all the good times and the smile he always welcomed you with.
I was honored to have him as a true friend.
He was a man of honor and was always willing to help anyone who needed guidance.
That is what made him so special.
Rest In Peace my friend, you will never be forgotten.

Larry Sanders Dec 9 2021 11:39 AM

Chet and I were dear friends and BSF brothers. With a smile on my face, Chet now knows the perfect answer to every BSF question ever ask. We go back 50 years and he was a special person. He will be truly missed.

Tom McKee Dec 8 2021 9:27 PM

Chet was always a straight shooter that I respected. We would have coffee in the morning and talk about anything. He will be missed.

Roger Wessel Dec 8 2021 3:39 PM

I am truly sorry to hear this sad news. Chet and me go back to 1975 when I arrived to work in Ford plant .He was one of my first supervisors and rose to General Supt..We had many great times together over the years from High School basketball games to Fishing in NJ and many a weekend enjoying our families together...Many many great memories and it is with great sorry I write this...My thoughts and prayers will be with his children as they go through this very difficult Rest in Peace Chet

Bill SHILLINGFORD Dec 8 2021 2:50 PM

Chester and my brother were good friends. I remember as a kid he was always at least twice my size but could run faster than me. I'll never forget the kindness he showed when my brother passed in 1986.

David Oedy Dec 8 2021 2:24 PM

Grew up with Chet and played football with him . He was a big happy teddy bear of a guy..until he put his helmet on. Then Chet became very hard to handle. We had a great time together all through school. Our paths took different directions but I always considered Chet a good friend. His kids often played with my kids and they also send their condolences to the family. Great guy will be missed by all who knew him

Jim Thomas Dec 8 2021 11:47 AM

I worked with Chet for many years. He was a great co-worker and friend. I always looked forward to his emails. He will be sadly missed.

John VanHart Dec 8 2021 9:21 AM

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