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Richard Lewis

Richard L. "Dick" Lewis, 76, passed away Saturday, February 7, 2009 at his residence.

Born May 3, 1932 in Randolph County, Indiana, he was the son of Joseph Dean Lewis and Wilma Delight Harlan Lewis. He was raised in the Arba Friends Church and graduated Spartanburg High School in 1950. He worked at Johns-Manville briefly before being drafted into the US Army. He served with the 185th Engineer Battalion during the Korean War and was awarded 2 bronze service stars. He returned home to continue his career with Johns-Manville, retiring in 1992.

"Uncle Dick" was a loyal friend and neighbor to many. He helped many children and their families whenever there was a need. He enjoyed attending athletic events and witnessing the achievements of his grandchildren and other members of his family. He was an avid IU basketball fan and enjoyed reading, traveling and helping animals, most recently opening his home to his dog, Ralphy.

Dick will be missed by his son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Becky Keelor, New Madison; grandsons Marc Keelor and Stephen Keelor, both of Indianapolis, and granddaughter Krystle Keelor, New Madison; his sister, Neva Mullins, Richmond; nieces Debra Mullins, Sharon Roberts and her husband, Ron, and Lacinda Lewis, all of Richmond; Carol Ciesielski and her husband, Ron, and Raylena Lewis, all of South Bend; nephews Lloyd Mullins and his wife, Jessie, Richmond, and David Mullins and his wife, Robin, Noblesville.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents as well as 1 brother, Joseph Darrell Lewis and 3 nephews, Brian Dee Mullins, Richard Wayne Mullins and Ronald Dean Lewis.

A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 11 at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Hollansburg Cemetery.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Help The Animals, 2101 West Main Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374.

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to the family - I am a second cousin of Richard Lewis. My brother and I used to play with his brother, Joe, at his Grandma's house in Arba. My Grandmother, Maud Jones Hunt, was his grandmother's, Nellie Jones Lewis, sister. My mother, Uldean Hunt Hodgin, was a first cousin of his father, Dean - in fact my brother's middle name is Dean. I know that Joe Lewis died a few years ago, and my brother, Dick Hodgin, is also deceased. My sympathies go out to all the family. I have fond memories of his grandparents home in Arba. It was quite a treat to visit them and play on the farm. These were the days when they still had an outhouse and we had to take a bath in a tub in the kitchen.

Susan Hodgin Sonsini Feb 10 2009 12:00 AM