Edward Earl Lewis, Sr. passed away at his home on September 11, 2022. He was born July 11, 1930 in Baltimore, Maryland to Robert M. and Jura (Ressler) Lewis, the fourth of eight siblings. He grew up in Jones Creek Community in Baltimore County, attending schools there. In his early life, he worked for short periods at Bethlehem Steel and Rheem Manufacturing prior to joining the U.S. Air Force. Upon entering the military , he completed basic training in San Antonio and continued his training at Shepherd Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he met the love of his life, Annie Loreace Willis. After his last duty station in Alaska, he returned to Wichita Falls where he married Loreace on July 23, 1952. They were married for 61 years until her passing on November 11, 2013. He worked briefly for a refinery in Wichita Falls prior to starting is long career in backup power production for the Federal Aviation Administration. During his career with the FAA he worked at centers in Albuquerque, NM, American Samoa, and Forth Worth, TX, finishing his career at the Fort Worth Center. Following retirement from the FAA he continued working at the FAA as a contractor.
He loved to tinker in his workshop and garage, and could fix almost anything. He also had a passion for reading and studying technical manuals to understand the inner workings of most things mechanical and electrical. He passed these passions on to his son and grandsons. But his true passion was family. In his later years, nothing pleased him more than being surrounded by his family, spoiling them as best he could. Every child visiting his home knew just where the candy stash was stored, a no one left without a bag full of jelly beans, M&Ms and other treats.
Edward was preceded in death by his wife Loreace, his parents, and siblings: Gertrude Haberstich, Roberta Loughman, Dorothy Cover, Lillian Lewis, and Norman Lewis. His is survived by his children Kitty (George) Baumann, Earleen Sesvold, and Edward Lewis, Jr. (Beth); sisters Marie Kisser and Joyce Doss of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren Chris Lewis, Jennifer Ford, Scott Sesvlod, Jayme Moll, Cody Lewis, Joshua Sesvold, and Daniel Lewis; 15 great-grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces and other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am at North Ridge Funeral Home, North Richland Hills, with his grandson, Pastor Chris Lewis, officiating. Internment will be at a later date at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.