Gary Lewis, 73, of rural Greenville, died July 9, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 11:00 AM , at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Darryl Bolen officiating. Visitation will be at the church Friday, July 11, 2014, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Gary was born September 7, 1940, to Mearl and Bertie Lewis at their home in Smithboro. He married Bunny Bollman of Hillsboro on March 4, 1961, at the Free Methodist Church in Hillsboro.
Survivors include his wife, Bunny, daughter Kathy (Dan) Shimer of Greenville, sons, SGM Jeffrey (Sun) Lewis of Ft. Myer, Virginia and First Officer Jeremy (Victoria) Lewis of Independence, Kentucky, and five grandchildren, Zoe Hueter, Levi Hueter, Dylan Lewis, Andrew Lewis and Hannah Lewis. He is survived by his mother, Bertie, and sisters Phyllis Davidson, Connie (Jerry) Criner, Paula (Burl) Marohl, brothers Terry (Cindy), Jerry and Kevin (Becky) and many nieces and nephews.
Gary grew up in Smithboro. He graduated from Mulberry Grove High School in 1958 and Humbolt Institute in 1959. He worked for Ozark Air Lines in Champaign, transferring to St. Louis in 1975, retiring from TWA in 1998. After retiring he was a salesman for Greenville Ford, then was a driver for Zobrist Bus Lines and Doc and Norm Direct. He also was a sub bus driver for Bond County Unit 2. Gary was Scout Master for over 20 years for Troop 57 in Greenville, was a member of the First Christian Church, the Farm Heritage Museum and Bond County Antique Tractor Club. Gary loved the outdoors, driving buses, restoring Ferguson tractors and especially his grandchildren. Gary never met a stranger.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund or Bond County Hospice.