Donald E. Lewis, 79, of Warren, PA and Findley Lake, NY, died peacefully Friday morning, May 22, 2015 at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born in Harborcreek, PA on January 5, 1936. He was the son of Harry and Mary Connor Lewis. He was a graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School, Erie, PA., and attended Gannon University and Slippery Rock College. He was a graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and has been a licensed funeral director for 54 years. At the age of 15, he started working for C.J. Dusckas, of Dusckas Funeral Home, Erie, PA. In 1972 he opened the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, working there until 1998, when he retired and sold to his son and daughter-in-law. Funeral Directing was not a job to him, it was his calling in life, Don, felt it was a privilege to be of service to people in their time of need. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, enjoyed boating, spending time at his cottage on Findley Lake and wintering in Madeira Beach, FL. He was a member of the Warren Moose Lodge 109, Warren Eagles Aerie, Warren Knights of Columbus bowling league. He had an intense sense of humor known by many friends and family and was affectionately known to some as John Bears for Tipton and Digger.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, his best friend and lifelong companion, Sandra “Sandy” Miller Lewis whom he married on June 24, 1961 in Erie, PA. , 2 Sons – Michael B. Lewis and wife, Lisa of Warren, PA., Scott S. Lewis and wife, Wanda of Sugar Grove, PA., 1 Daughter – Kimberley A. Mihalko and husband, Larry of Gilbertsville, PA., 1 Brother – Harry Lewis of Corpus Christi, TX., 4 Grandchildren – Jeremy Lewis and wife, Taryne of Pittsfield, PA., Crystal Lewis and fiance, Zach DeVault of Warren, PA., Tiffany and Jordan Mihalko of Gilbertsville, PA, 1 Step Grandson – Brandon Bobelak and his wife, Tara of Port Orange, FL., 3 Great Grandchildren – Blake and Maddyn Lewis, Emily Marie Bobelak, 1 Aunt, Irene Lewis of Edinboro, PA., and several cousins. He leaves behind many cherished friends from Warren, Erie, PA., Findley Lake, NY and Canada. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one of his best friends, Casey, his English spaniel.
Friends may call at the family home, 304 East Street, Warren, PA on Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at Holy Redeemer R.C. Church on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. by Fr. James Gutting, Pastor and his personal friend, Rev. Marcus Briggs, Chaplain of the Warren General Hospital. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Hunt of a Lifetime, 6297 Buffalo Road, Harborcreek, PA., 16421 or Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Street, Warren, PA. 16365. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com