Raymertown - William E. Lewis, 89, a longtime resident of Raymertown, died peacefully Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at his residence with his family by his side.
Born in Green Island, August 27, 1925, Mr. Lewis was the son of the late Edmund and Margaret (Chard) Lewis. For over 65 years, he was the husband of Isabelle (Shampine) Lewis of Raymertown, who survives.
Mr. Lewis was a graduate of Heatly High School in Green Island.
In 1943, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a radioman aboard the USS Talita (AKS8) during World War II. After being honorably discharged in April 1946, he was recalled to active duty in 1949 and served aboard the USS Leyte during the Korean Conflict. Before being honorably discharged a second and final time on February 13, 1954 he had earned the rank of Radioman 2nd Class.
As a younger man for over 25 years he was employed as a route salesman by the former Desmoreau Vending Company of Cohoes. More recently he was employed for over 15 years as a union truck driver by the Leaseway Company in Menands, retiring in 1990.
Mr. Lewis was a member of the Teamster’s Union Local #294 in Albany and a member of the Green Island American Legion Post #927. In his quiet time, he enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Lewis is survived by his children, Deborah and Richard Hudson, and Barry Lewis, all of Brunswick, Robert and Sandra Lewis, Brad and Gail Lewis, Dcn. Brian Lewis and Christopher Lewis, all of Raymertown, Denise Plumadore of Eagle Mills, and Shirley and Jeff Pincher of Ramsey, NJ, a sister, Shirley Stout of New Jersey, a sister-in-law, Anna Lewis of Watervliet and two brothers-in-law, Bill Heartshorn of Green Island and Walter Shampine of Wasilla, AK, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, William E. Lewis, a brother, Robert Lewis, three sisters, Margaret Heartshorn, Dorothy Jordan and Ruth O’Hara, and three brothers-in-law, William Jordan, Robert Stout and Robert O’Hara.
A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7, located in Raymertown, followed by burial with military honors at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 P.M.
At the request of the family, memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 in memory of William E. Lewis.