Wilson Eugene Lewis “Louie”, the son of Wilson H. and Ivalie Stella (Wilhelm) Lewis, was born March 10, 1925 in Goldfield, Iowa. Louie’s love of cars began when he was 10 years old and he began working at a gas station. He bought his first car - a 1929 Model A Ford-at the age of 16.
When Louie turned 18, he joined the United States Army. He served with the 111th Armored Division during WWII. Louie was honorably discharged on Valentine’s Day in 1946.
On November 9, 1946, Louie was united in marriage to Ione Vera Knight at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They made their home in Goldfield and to this union were three children: Ernie, Duane and Nancy. In 1961, Louie and his sister, Naomi, purchased a service station where he was self-employed as a mechanic for L & L Service, working with his sons and later in life, his grandsons. Ione passed away on October 28, 1988.
Louie was a member of the United Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Post #370 for 75 years. He also served on the Goldfield Fire Department for over 48 years – serving as chief in the 1960’s and on the Goldfield City Council.
Louie married his second wife, Phyllis Jean Olson on October 18, 1990, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. They spent time going dancing and traveling to Arizona in the winter. Louie and Phyllis spent their summers in Clarion enjoying family.
In September of 2010, Louie and his son Ernie went on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to see the W. W. II Memorial.
Louie passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Clarion Wellness and Rehabilitation at the age of 94 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Ione; siblings: Virgil Lewis, Naomi Fawcett, Glen Lewis, Iris Bisher and Marjorie Schauer.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Lewis of Clarion; children, Ernie (Pam) Lewis of Goldfield, Duane Lewis of Clarion and Nancy (Dan) Foster of Madison, AL; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; Step-children: Larry (Melody) Olson and Diane Berg; sister, Bonnie Sheets of Goldfield; sister-in-law, Mildred Knight of Florida and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield with Pastor Sara Sutter officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Foust Funeral Home in Goldfield. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Goldfield.
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