Gerald T. (Jerry) Lewis, 71
Gerald T. (Jerry) Lewis, 71 of 555 County Home Rd., Meshoppen, PA, passed away on Tuesday evening, June 7, 2011 at his home in Rush Twp., Susquehanna Co., with his family at his bedside.
Born in Sayre, on July 5, 1939, he was the son of the late Earl C. (Red) Lewis, Sr. and Emma Lee Salsman Lewis. Jerry graduated with the first class of Wyalusing Valley High School with the class of 1957. After graduation, Jerry worked on the Don Arthur Dairy Farm in Laceyville and later at Cornell Manufacturing also in Laceyville, as a welder.
He enlisted in the US Air Force, in 1958, with a mission “to see the world.” After his discharge from the service in 1963, he returned home to Laceyville, where he began working at Cornell’s and later at GTE Sylvania. Jerry was a chemical supervisor at Sylvania, where he retired in 1997, after 31 years of service.
In his spare time, Jerry was very involved with his daughters, and never missed an event that they were in. He was very active in the Laceyville Community, including the Laceyville Ambulance Assoc. and president and coach in the Laceyville Baseball/Softball Assoc. He was a member of the Endless Mountains Bowling League, loved fishing with Freedom II Charter Assoc.; past Tuscarora Twp. Supervisor; and would volunteer, whenever he could help out a neighbor, a friend or the community.
He loved to hunt, fish, trap, garden, construction, four-wheeling, and just being outdoors, or puttering in his yard or garage. In his later years he loved to spend time with his very special granddaughter, Ashlie Jo Ruhf.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Sally Jo Harford Lewis, who passed away on Feb. 7, 1997.
Survivors include his daughters, Carrie Ann and Monte Kelley of Laceyville, and Susan Lee and Dana Buckingham of Owego, NY, and his very special granddaughter, Ashlie Jo Ruhf, of Laceyville. He is also survived by his wife, Helen Koromlan Lewis, with whom he celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary on May 18, 2002; his step-children, Michael and Tammy Darling of Montrose, Edward S. Darling and Cathy Wildoner of Meshoppen, and Liz Spickerman of Montrose; step-grandchildren, Brian Darling, Kelly Darling, Kaitlin Spickerman and Mercedes Spickerman; his brother, Earl C. Lewis, Jr. of Wyalusing; an aunt, Alice Denison of Forkston and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 11 at 2 p.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from noon until the time of the service. Interment will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. Military services will be conducted at the funeral home by the members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion, and the Endless Mountains Post #3583 V.F.W.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations at the catchadream.org. website in memory of Jerry.