William “Bill” J. Lewis

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died December 7th, 2019

William J. “Bill” Lewis, 84, of Escanaba, passed away early Saturday morning, December 7, 2019 at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba.

He was born on July 6, 1935 in Escanaba, son of Mathew and Virginia (Lusardi) Lewis.

Bill graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in 1953.  He served his country in the 312th Engineer Company honorably with pride in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He married Doris (Borman) August 3, 1957 at St. Patrick Church in Escanaba.

Bill worked at Red Owl Stores as their produce manager, retiring in 1996.    He also was employed at Clare Bedding for several years.

Bill and Doris took several beautiful trips – but loved their cabin on the Escanaba River and their camp in Northland when he enjoyed hunting with family and friends.

Bill and Doris have been very active at St. Anne’s Church serving on the parish council, service commission and as eucharistic ministers.  They also chaired the St. Anne’s picnic for 19 years and were involved in many other areas serving their church.  He loved his parish of St. Anne’s.  They also tried to go to daily mass which was important to them.  He thanked God for giving them a good life and friends.

Live life to the fullest and count your blessings every day!  May he rest in peace until we meet again.

Bill is survived by his wife, Doris of Escanaba; siblings, Eileen Andrews of Stephenson and sister in law, Ann Marie Lewis of Escanaba; sisters in law, Joyce (Bob) Heynssens of Gladstone and Linda (Harlan) Dalgord of Gladstone; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Mathew, Ken (Irene), Glen, Bob (Tess), Fran (Pat), and Don (Joyce).

In keeping with Bill’s wishes there will be no public visitation. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Church with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Gary Abrahamson Jr. Memory Care Home Program. Envelopes will be available at the church. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

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3 Tributes to “William “Bill” J. Lewis”

  1. Bill was a good man and he will be missed. I remember him most when I would work on the St Anne picnics. I also know his faith was very important to him. It was such a witness to see you always together at church Doris. You were a good and faithful wife. Love Janet

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with the Lewis family. As a child I remember going to camp on the Escanaba River a few times and walking across the river, what a treat as a young child! Also visiting with Mr. Lewis at Red Owl when grocery shopping with mom or dad. He always had candy when you would stop over at the house! You will be missed Mr. Lewis.

    Jennifer (Mislinski) Spriks

  3. Remember all the good times on the river with Bill and Doris on Cho Cho Trail, named during a sauna.Bill and Doris were wonderful to my parents.Bill was a wonderful man and will be missed.Doris took Bill everywhere.A very devoted and loving wife.

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