Richard ‘Dick’ Lewis
July 27, 1942 — Aug. 8, 2014
Richard “Dick” Lewis passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family beside him on August 8, 2014, after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s and diabetes.
Richard was born July 27, 1942, to David and Hazel (nee Kellogg) Lewis. He was a graduate of Oconomowoc High School and while there earned four letters in tennis, three of them at #1 singles, and won the Little 10 Conference championship three years.
He later achieved his Bachelor of Science degree from Carroll College in Waukesha in 1965, and while there played #1 singles for two years and participated in numerous state meets.
Richard’s career spanned 33 years in human resource management at International Harvester and later J.W.
Peters, Inc., a three-plant company from where he retired in 2000. He then taught management principles and human resource management at Bryant & Stratton Business College for two years. While at International Harvester, he was involved in the early formation of the first industrial tennis league in Waukesha, which grew from four teams to eight teams. On January 2, 1998, he married Sheri Hunter at Zion Episcopal Church in Oconomowoc.
During his business career, Richard also acquired a real estate broker license as well as a property/ casualty insurance license.
One hobby that Richard was pleased with occurred in his latter years with his involvement in the artistic program at The Caring Place, Inc., in Waukesha. He especially enjoyed working with chalk and watercolors.
His artwork was on display at two galleries in Milwaukee. Thank you to Ellen Reynolds for teaching him this new art.
Richard was an avid reader of light mysteries, including Sherlock Holmes books.
He was also fond of Holmes’ many sayings, including “Eliminate all the impossibilities and whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Sheri, and three wonderful sons, Greg (Kevin), Steve (Kari), and Bryan (Jenny) Lewis, whose many achievements made their Dad proud. He is also survived by grandchildren Brandon, Megan and Evan Lewis, and mother-in-law Shirley Velzka. He is further survived by nieces and nephews and others relatives, as well as many friends, some of whom were met at The Golden Gate Restaurant (also known as “Chinese Cheers”) and Matteo’s Restaurant, close friends Dave and Sally Smith, and former neighbors Mark and Jan Lynch whom he spent much time chatting with over a backyard fence, reviewing previous and upcoming sporting events.
Richard was a special person who will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brother Rodney; sister Sandra (Jack) Fendt; father-in-law Donald Velzka; brother-in-law Kerry Hunter; and good buddy Sherlock (basset hound).
The visitation for Dick will be held from 10:30AM until the time of the 1:00PM funeral service on Sunday, August 10, at the Cesarz, Charapata and Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha.
A special thank you to the Rev. Cindy Farmer, Jackie De Young, Jewell Falkenberg and others from Vitas Hospice who helped care for Richard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Wisconsin Parkinson’s Assn., 945 N. 12th Street, Ste. 4602, Milwaukee, WI 53233, or VITAS Hospice, 2675 N. Mayfair Rd., Ste. 500, Wauwatosa, WI 53226, are appreciated.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.