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Obituary: Francis R. Lewis

Francis R. Lewis

Francis R. Lewis, Retired Colonel Chaplain in the U.S. Army, died on Dec. 7, 2009 at the age of 90. A 43-year resident of Glen Cove, Rev. Lewis spent most of his ministry as an Army chaplain. Discharged from the Army in 1946 he finished college at the University of Washington and Garrett Theological Seminary in 1950. He re-entered the Army in 1951 and was sent to Korea serving with the Infantry where he received the Bronze Star. He was one of the most highly decorated chaplains. He received two Legion of Merits, the Meritorious Medal and the Joint Services Commendation Medal. His service took him overseas for 11 years, 3 years in combat and he received 6 battle stars. He served in many posts and units around the world. He attended many training schools including the Command and General Staff College. His Army ministry was a fulfilling one and in many places he was joined by his family.

He is survived by his wife Felice and his son and grandson who live in Australia. He was active in Glen Cove serving on many committees. He was a committee member of the Democratic Party, a fire marshal, American Legion Post commander and chaplain, member of the North Shore Clergy Association and a regular visitor at St. Francis Hospital. He was an honoree at the Memorial Day Parade and initiated and planned the Memorial Day service for 20 years.

Interment will be held on Dec. 17, 2009 at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.