Dale Richard Lewis (Meshomes), a proud member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation peacefully passed away in his sleep Wednesday December 23, 2020 at the age of 77. Like his grandfather Arthur Kirkwood Lewis in 1918, Dale succumbed to a flu pandemic.
He was born April 7, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois as the 7th of 11 children to Lester and Dorothy (Guy) Lewis. Starting at a young age, Dale was for years a volunteer firefighter for the Homewood Acres Fire Department as was his father.
Dale proudly served as a PFC in the Army, traveling all over in the early 1960’s. Once out of the service he met a young lady at the local Garfalo’s grocery store by the name of Barbara Ann Hawkinson. In 1966 he made her his wife, together, they raised 6 children and numerous grandchildren in their Richton Park, Illinois home. Loving, laughing, and irritating each other the whole time. Dale was an avid reader, bowler, involved in his community (civil defense and charities). He worked as a machinist most of his life for companies like Allis-Chalmers and Ardco Refrigeration. He loved cooking, going for walks, dancing, watching all the Chicago teams play.
For the last few years, Dale lived in Channahon, IL. Dale is proceeded in death by a daughter Jodi, Sister Gwen, Brothers Mike, Jerry, Keith, Parents Lester and Dorothy. Dale is survived by his wife of 54 years Barbara and their Children: Patty (Jerry) Rusthoven of Austin, TX, Debbie (Steve) Hillmer of Clyman, WI, Tina (Jerry) Lisle of Griffith, IN, Dena Lewis of Mokena, IL, Dean (Melissa) Lewis of Channahon, IL. 11 Grandkids: Justin and Alicia, Katelyn, Paige, Kira and Jared, Corey and Patience, Jacob, Stephanie and Samantha. Great Grandkids: Olen, Sofie and still growing. Siblings: Bob (Loucinda), Lester (Pat), Don, Kay, Maida, Dorothy (George), Cheryl, Jeannie, Marti, Anita and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends all over the country.
With love and respect for the health and safety of our many loved ones a small private viewing will be held 12/31/2020 at Brady Gill Funeral Home in Tinley Park, IL. A Celebration of Life will be planned later (summer of 2021) along with a spreading of the ash’s ceremony.
In lieu of flowers or donations to the family, donations to the City of Hope, https://www.cityofhope.org/, are appreciated.
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