Gary Lewis age 84, of Modale, Iowa passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Gary was born November 7, 1937 in Mondamin, Iowa to Marion F. and Bernita E. (Wallis) Lewis. Gary attended school in Modale where he graduated in 1956. He drove a school bus his junior and senior years and was scorekeeper for girls’ and boys’ basketball in his junior and senior year. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1958 where he was a crew chief on a C-124 cargo plane stationed at Clarks AFB in the Philippines. He was Honorably discharged in 1962. He started farming for Grandpa Lewis and others until 1973 and rented a farm until August of 2020 due to health issues, then became a resident at Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley. He enjoyed car races attending Omaha, Harlan, Denison and Knoxville. He also enjoyed putting together model cars and airplanes. He was a member of the Mondamin Church of Christ where he taught a Sunday school class and was a deacon and an elder. Gary served on the Clay Township Trustee Board, being a third-generation member. He belonged to the American Legion Post 695 in Modale, Iowa.
Preceded in death by his parents: Marion and Bernita (Wallis) Lewis, infant sister Helen, brother William (Bill) and his 1st wife Patricia, grandparents: Oscar and Bessie (Johnson) Lewis, Walter and Frances (Gee) Wallis, nephew Estal Bryon Lewis, brother-in-law Forrest Hulsebus.
He is survived by sister Harriet Gummus and husband Richard, Bend, Oregon, brother James Lewis and wife Penny of Mondamin and sister Arlene Hulsebus of Mondamin with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Noyes Cemetery in Mondamin, Iowa with Tom Lewis officiating.
Military Honors will be conducted by Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha Nebraska.
Family would like memorials to be directed to the Mondamin Fire and Rescue.
Colleen Winey Mariah Schroder
Tessa Killpack Rebecca Bierbrodt
Robert Lewis Thomas Lewis
Eric Lewis Mathew Lewis
The Broken Chain
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone, for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, The Chain will link again.