Howard Loren Lewis,
Aug. 23, 1917 ó June 9, 2017
Reverend H. (Howard) Loren Lewis (99 years, nine months) born Aug. 23, 1917, in Bloomingdale, Indiana, went to dwell in the house of the Lord on June 9, 2017.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bonnie (Featherston) Lewis and Frederick Isaiah Lewis; Moletia Marrie (Belangee) Lewis (wife of 52 years); Peggy Lewis (wife of 14 years); H. Lloyd Lewis, "Old Sarge" (older brother); and Kenneth L. Lewis (younger brother).
He will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit by his sister, Betty Copeland and her husband Walter. His children are Michael Lewis (wife Fay) and Molly Erickson (husband Neal); grandchildren, Jamie
(Erickson) Gundrum, Chad B. Erickson, Jamie (Lewis) VanDerElsen, Lisa (Lewis) Zillmer, Georgie (Lewis) Heimerl, Brian and Michael Lewis; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Tyler Erickson, Michael DeLeon, and Isaiah and Alex Lewis; and dear friends, Jean and Richard McKensey of Rhinelander, who believe he was a man ahead of the times.
As a child during the Great Depression, he sold newspapers, played marbles, bought gunnysacks of day-old doughnuts for a nickel, and plowed fields with a horse-drawn plow. He went from horse-drawn wagons to the automobile, radio to black-and-white TV to color. He never caught on to how a computer works but enjoyed family pictures on the screen saver. He loved his flip phone. Loren enlisted in the Army during World War II in 1943 (along with both of his brothers) and served in the 583RD Signal Depot Company. He was Honorably discharged in 1946 and worked at Delco Remi in Anderson Indiana until the age of 33 when he began seminary at Garrett in Evanston, Illinois, on the GI Bill. He was the faithful servant of 17 United Methodist Churches (UMC) from 1951-1986 (Lewisville, Doublin, Straughn, Spartanburg, and Lynn in Indiana, and Union Grove, Paris Corners, Sussex, Rhinelander, Monona Grove, Ripon, Menomonee Falls, Janesville, Green Bay, Denmark, Tomahawk and Spirit in Wisconsin). The Monona Grove UMC sent him to the Holy Land where he preached a sermon on Mount Calpurnicus. One of his sermons is recorded in the United Stated Congressional Record. At one time he was listed in Whoís Who in United States. In the mid-1960s he marched with Father Groppi and later protested the Vietnam War with the college kids in Madison.
He vacationed in Gattlinburg, Tennessee, and spent retirement years in Panama City Beach, Florida; Rhinelander; Anderson, Indiana; and West Bend. Loren enjoyed the cottage on Lake Thompson in Rhinelander. He loved to play golf, last teeing up a golf ball at the age of 96. He spent his final years in the study of the Bible, wrote poetry and self-published a book, "Confessions of a Prodigal Pastor" and was working on his second book, "One Tear for Paradise." He believed life is for living, loving and giving the self to God. His favorite scripture:
"I know in whom I have believed" and "Be still and know I am, God."
Famous quotes: during the war, "Hitler chewed on rugs" and "I donít give a ball bearing." He was known to ponder: "If you drilled a hole through the earth and came out the other side would you be upside down, much like Congress?" He has written volumes of material such as "An Ode to a Butterfly," "The Measure of a Man," "The Shooting Star," and "Dance Where You are Planted." The Poems he was most proud of: Davidís Town As I was on my way to Davidís town I met a man who was quite cast down, he said, "Nothin ever happens round here at all Cepting a new born baby last night in a cattle stall. But hey he ainít goin to wear no royal crown." How sweet it is, this one who came To a stable in Davidís Town. Heavens gift to Earth This noble birth a halo of hay His royal crown.
And: Everywhere I go there I am Itís a jungle out there But we can handle it My God and I.
Loren thanked God daily for the good body he was given, his family and friends. He would say to you: "May the good Lord bless you and keep you. May his countenance shine upon you and give you peace." Amen to a life well lived, loved and given to God.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate a donation made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Lorenís memory.
A Funeral Service will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church (323 S. Fifth Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) with the Rev. Clarissa Martinelli presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Northland Memorial Park in Rhinelander.
The family of the Rev. H. Loren Lewis would like to thank the team of people who came together to make our fatherís last days the best they could be. We cannot say enough about Tina Thull and the excellent staff at Cornerstone Assisted Living in West Bend. What an asset to the community. Tina and her mom, Donna would pray, sing, and sit with Dad to support and calm him. Caregivers Amy, Erin, Kaylee, Amanda and Jennifer were all caring and knowledgeable. They managed mediation administration addressing our concerns and meeting Dadís needs. Jenni was able to get him involved in some activities. They sang with him, prayed with him, and encouraged him to eat and drink. This group of women coordinated cares with Serenity Hospice. Donette RN and Paula LPN were very attentive and consulted with the family and the caregivers to anticipate and quickly respond to Dadís needs. From Serenity, Kiara played the guitar and sang church hymns, Rev. Rick the hospice chaplin visited and prayed with Dad and supported the family. Eric their social worker was very concerned and visited keeping our family informed. Janelle, the home aide coordinated cares with the Cornerstone staff and sat with Dad to comfort him. Rev. Wes and Rev Clarissa from the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church were very attentive and appreciated. They formed a bond with the family. Betty, one of the residents, would set with Dad to help comfort him. He was safe and comfortable with people who expressed love and concern for his well-being. It doesnít get any better than that.
Michael Lewis and Molly Erickson The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 orwww.phillipfuneralhome.com.