August 15, 1947 - August 31, 2004
LEWIS, MIKE age 57, passed from
this life into the arms of his heavenly Father On August 31, 2004
courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday September 3, 2004 at
2:00 PM in Sulphur Springs, Texas, under the direction of West Oak Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev.
Richard Luna. A private graveside service for family members only will be held on a later date in Arlington,
Texas. At the time of his passing Mike lived at Lake Fork, near Yantis, Texas.
Mike was born August 15, 1947
in Honey Grove, Texas. At age three Mike's family moved to Sherman, Texas where he attended school,
graduating form Sherman High School in 1965. Mike served in the United States Army from July 1967 to July
1969. He served as a sergeant in the Army's 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1968, which included the "Tet
Offensive" of that year. Of the awards he received, the Combat Infantryman Badge was most dear to Mike.
Mike was a graduate of Texas A & M Commerce, Texas. After being discharged from the army in 1969 he returned to
Sherman where he joined the Johnson & Johnson Company and worked in a number of management positions in
plants in Texas and Mexico. Mike also traveled throughout the world on various assignments for Johnson &
Johnson. In 1993 while working as plant manager of the Surgikos plants in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico
Mike was recognized by the President of Mexico for his efforts in helping the Juarez Surgikos plant be named
recipient of Mexico's National Quality Award.
Also in 1993, Mike was
recognized by Johnson & Johnson Medical,
Inc. for helping make the El Paso facility one of America's Best Plants as awarded by Industry Week Magazine.
Mike retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2001 after 33 years service.
He was preceded in death by one
Donald Lewis of Honey Grove, Texas, and his parents William Payne Lewis and Mary Christian Lewis of Sherman,
Texas. Mike is survived by his wife of 34 years Debby Short Lewis, daughters Michelle Lewis Henshaw of
Arlington, and Ginger Lewis of North Richland Hills. One brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Louann James
Lewis of Tyler. One niece Leigh Ann Lewis-Bugg and one great niece, Courtney Ann Bugg both of Tyler.
The family would like to express its appreciation to all of Mike's Johnson & Johnson family who have given so
much of their love and support to Mike and his family during his illness. Serving as honorary pallbearers
will be Jack Morrison, Burt Baker, Dale James, Mark Barrulich, Richard Brown, Mack Estes, Gary Lambert, and
Ron Schott. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The American Cancer Society or
Baylor Hospital 3500 Gaston Avenue Dallas, Texas 75246. West Oaks Funeral Home 500 S. Hillcrest Dr. Sulphur
Springs, Texas 903-885-0787
From ancestry.com website
Michael ( Shorty ..he was about
6'-0") Lewis was in CoB during '67-'68. He sat directly
in front of me for many a day.
He was in the field most of his tour, but was 'rewarded' with the company clerks job for a time and that is where I got to know him.
I contacted Mike thru the locater in 2004 sometime. I asked if in fact it was he. And he answered "It's ME".
I was astonished to find he was only 50 miles from my home (Argyle, TX...near Dallas Ft. Worth)
and as we were going thru the email exchanges and trying to set up a time to meet and have lunch I sat down one morning
to read the newspaper. I got to the obituaries and there...right in front of me was a picture of Michael Lewis.
I knew immediately from his bio my buddy was gone.
So long ago. So many miles. He, along with all of us, were so young.
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