PORT DICKINSON, N.Y. — Richard (Dick) Lewis, age 90, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Fairview Home after a prolonged illness. He was predeceased by his parents, Myron and Hazel (Ford) Lewis and his loving wife of 59 years, Beverly (Zillic) Lewis. Dick was born on March 5, 1923, in Greene, NY, lived in Johnson City briefly, then moved to Port Dickinson in 1929 where he resided for 84 years. He served in WWII in Europe as part of the 95th Infantry Division Signal Company from 1943-45 and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with three stars. Upon his return home, he worked at Links Aviation, helped construct the transmitter for WBNG, and was "an IBMer" for over 35 years.
He was active in Boy Scouts, Christian Businessmen's Committee, Ogden-Hillcrest United Methodist Church where he served his Lord for over half a century, and other civic organizations. After his retirement he could be seen picking up litter on his "daily constitutional" at his beloved Port Dick Village Park.
He is survived by two sons, Richard (wife Barbara) of Laconia, NH, James (wife Sarah) of Raleigh, NC; two daughters, Linda Corey (husband Richard) of Vestal, NY, Kay Cox (husband Hugh is deceased) of Panama City Beach, FL, and son-in-law Judd Hitchcock (wife Alexis) of Vestal, NY. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Mike Hitchcock (wife Kathy), Becky Whitney (husband Chris), Jamie Loughry (husband Donny), Matt Lewis (wife Rachel), Joshua Lewis (wife Mattie), Jennifer Lipsky (husband Cory), and Daniel Lewis. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren with one more "in the oven".
Viewing hours were on Sunday, October 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango St. An additional viewing hour was held at 10 a.m. at Ogden-Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 1061 Chenango St. before the 11 a.m. funeral service. A graveside service with military honors followed at the C.V. Cemetery in Hillcrest. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John D. and Jeanne Wilfley Park. Make out checks to "Village of Port Dickinson" with "Wilfley Park" in the memo line. Please send donations to the Village of Port Dickinson, 786 Chenango St., Binghamton, NY 13901. All donations will be applied toward a memorial bench and a gazebo/band stand.