Posted 11 months ago
By Ashley Hinker
Gene was born on April 28, 1929 in Alliance to parents Eugene Raymond Lewis and Edith Erna (Schadwinkel) Lewis. Gene attended school in Alliance through the 11th grade and finished up his senior year and two subsequent years at Kemper Military Academy in Booneville, MO. He then attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he was in the ROTC program. He was deployed to Korea in 1954 as an officer in the Army. After his tour of duty he was honorably discharged at the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
Upon his return to Alliance he worked at his family’s business, Schad’s Bakery. In August 1955 he began working as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service until his retirement in 1991.
On October 1, 1956, Gene was united in marriage to his beloved wife Betty. This union spanned 44 years and they enjoyed participating in and supporting many Alliance community events as well as being avid supporters of their children’s and grandchildren’s many activities.
Gene married Mary Ann Hall in June 2001. She preceded him in death in 2006.
On April 25, 2009, Gene married Vera Jean Frost Koch, and from that day forward the two of them were fondly known as the “pair of jeans”. The “jeans” were often seen around town, hand in hand, volunteering for various church and civic organizations, with smiles on their faces and happy hearts.
Gene is survived by: his devoted wife Jean; daughter Debra (Tom) Lettington; daughter Mary (Dave) Essay; son Jim (Leslie) Lewis; daughter Ann (Brad) Bishop; son Jon (Polly) Lewis; daughter Sarah (Tamara Box) Lewis; son Matt (Jamie) Lewis; Sue Roberts; Joyce (Jim) Laughery; Sandra (Randy) Burtis; Kathy (Monty) Koehler; Lesa (Derek) Schwanebeck; 36 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his niece Barb Bates, nephews Rick Riemenschneider and Dave Riemenschneider and families. He is also survived by his cousins Chick and Mary Schadwinkel, Lola Schadwinkel and their families.
Gene was truly a gentle man and his goodness and kindness will be sadly missed.
There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 2, 2013, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Memorials may be sent to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com with Bates-Gould Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.