Donald Neill Lewis passed from this life to his eternal home with the Savior he loved and served so long on Sunday Oct. 6, 2013.
Don was born on May 13, 1934, in Quenemo, Kan., to George and Elizabeth Lewis. He graduated from Kansas State University with double majors in English and history. Later he attended Gulf Coast Bible College in Houston, Texas, and received a bachelor’s in theology. Don taught English and history at Melvern, Kan., and Fillmore, Mo.
He served as pastor in the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) at three locations in Missouri: Fillmore Church of God from 1964-1970, St. Joseph Church of God from 1970-1982, and Scotland Church of God in Carthage from 1982-1996, then retiring due to poor health.
Don married Retha Carswell on Dec. 27, 1955, in Quenemo, Kan., and they celebrated more than 57 years together.
Don was a sports enthusiast who loved watching his children and grandchildren compete and also loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and reading. He enjoyed playing cards, especially spades, and visiting with family and church family. He was passionate about helping the poor and telling the gospel.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, infant twin daughters Mary and Margaret, and one brother, Ben Lewis. Don is survived by his wife, Retha, of the home, three daughters, Sylva and Bob Summers of St. Joseph, Nina and Doug Beaver of Diamond, and Beth and Ed James of Carthage, as well as three sons, Kerk and Becky Lewis of Joplin; Daniel and Jodeana Lewis of Joplin; Ed and Sarah Lewis of Moberly. He is also survived by 26 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one brother, Glen and Janette Lewis of Pomona, Kan., and one sister, Mary Jo and Richard Carswell of Quenemo, Kan., and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service will celebrate Don’s life on Sunday, Oct.13, 2013, at the Grand Avenue Church of God in Carthage, Mo., at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to the Scotland Church of God or to Missouri Ministries for Camp Sharon.
Arrangements are with Parker Mortuary. An online guestbook is at www.parkermortuary.com .