Arthur Lewis Obituary

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Arthur Joseph Lewis

July 8, 1938 - April 10, 2014
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Arthur (Art) Joseph Lewis, 75, of Plano, TX, passed away Thursday, April 10th, 2014. Born in Boston, MA, on July 8th, 1938, Art loved building WWII combat aircraft models as a boy. This fascination led to an interest in the Air Force Academy in high school, and in 1956 he was appointed to the Academy's second class. At the Academy, he was a strong student athlete, earning an engineering degree and competing as a gymnast. Post-graduation, Art's first assignment was on a Titan II Combat Crew, 451st Strategic Missile Wing, Lowry AFB. After various missile and space assignments in Florida and California, he completed his military career at...
Arthur (Art) Joseph Lewis, 75, of Plano, TX, passed away Thursday, April 10th, 2014.

Born in Boston, MA, on July 8th, 1938, Art loved building WWII combat aircraft models as a boy. This fascination led to an interest in the Air Force Academy in high school, and in 1956 he was appointed to the Academy's second class. At the Academy, he was a strong student athlete, earning an engineering degree and competing as a gymnast. Post-graduation, Art's first assignment was on a Titan II Combat Crew, 451st Strategic Missile Wing, Lowry AFB. After various missile and space assignments in Florida and California, he completed his military career at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, NE.

It was in Omaha that Art met his wife, Patricia. They were married on April 17th, 1971, and shared 43 wonderful years together. In 1972, Art retired from military service as a Major, ready to enter civilian life and begin a family. In 1976, he joined Hewlett-Packard in Waltham, MA, where he managed medical instrument manufacture. Art and his family (now with 2 young children) moved to Plano, TX, in 1981, where he was logistics manager for a telecom firm, called Intecom, for 22 years. As a manager, he was known for his work ethic, ingenuity, and his genuine warmth and caring.

Art spent his retirement years enjoying his interest in computers, actively practicing his Christian faith by serving on prayer teams and other ministries in the United Methodist Church, tinkering with projects around his house (as well as his children's houses!), and keeping up with colleagues and friends from both Intecom and the Air Force Academy.

Most of all, in retirement Art devoted himself to spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was his grandchildrens' biggest fan and photographer, cheering for them at virtually every game and capturing images of their exploits. Art loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor, which shined around his grandchildren; he is affectionately known by them as "Silly Dada" because of his jokes and antics. Each summer, Art and Pat brought all of the children and grandchildren to the Texas coast for a week together on the beach. Those weeks were the highlights of his retirement years.

Art's family and those who knew him describe him as a person full of joy, kindness, and gratefulness. Art embraced every day with an appreciation for life and all of its gifts.

Art is survived by his wife, Patricia Lewis; son, Andrew Lewis and his wife Sondra of Carrollton; daughter, Rebecca Langevin and her husband Dennis of McKinney; and grandchildren, Nathan Lewis, Jared Lewis, Sara Lewis, and Danielle Langevin.

Art is also survived by his sisters, Grace Tymann of Byfield, MA, and Ruth Trites of Kennebunk, ME.

Arrangements: Visitation hours will be held at Ted Dickey Funeral Home, 2128 18th Street, Plano, TX, 75074, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Custer Road United Methodist Church, 6601 Custer Rd, Plano, TX, 75023, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Art will be laid to rest at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. For one-time donations, go to https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=66 .
Arrangements under the direction of Ted Dickey Funeral Home, Plano, TX.

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