LeRoy G. Lewis, 72, of Aberdeen, SD, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Aberdeen with Father Gregory Tschakert officiating.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, at the mortuary with a 7 p.m. Liturgical Wake. Visitation continues one hour before Mass at the church.
Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery following Mass. A time of fellowship and luncheon will follow the burial at Schriver’s Memorial Fellowship Center.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and also view the service at www.schriversmemorial.com.
LeRoy George Lewis was born to Roy and Mildred (Gruby) Lewis in Sisseton, SD. At a young age, he and his family moved to Aberdeen, where he attended school, graduating from Aberdeen Central.
He married Teri Putzier in 1985, they had three children; Lea, Lexi, and Jon. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and had a deep faith in Jesus.
He worked for Federal Crop Agency since 1984. His work was part of who he was and he cared deeply for the people he served. Throughout his career, many of his clients became very dear friends. He watched the weather and markets like he was raising his own crops. He spent hours on the phone discussing crops and hopes for a successful harvest.
LeRoy loved anything with a motor, mostly pick-ups and motorcycles but he was always willing to help anyone test out a new vehicle. He also loved buying and trading cars. One never knew what vehicle would be sitting in his driveway. He would get excited to help others find their “perfect” ride.
If you could judge a man by his friends, you would know he had a good and generous heart. The kindness shown to him mirrored the kindness that he showed to others. He had the best of the best when it came to friends; some friendships lasted as long as 60 years. In his final days, LeRoy and his family realized the impact he made on so many by those that stopped by to hold his hand, sending food or messages of love and support to the family
Of all the things LeRoy loved and cared about, the most important was his family. Teri was the love of his life; to him, she was “Ter”. He had very special relationships with each one of his children. The highlight of his day was receiving pictures of the grandkids or calling one of his kids to “shoot the breeze”. He worried for his family, prayed for them and you can bet that he would be down at the church lighting a candle for them! He loved them with all he had and wanted nothing but the best for them.
Grateful and honored to have shared in his life are his wife, Teri; daughters, Lea (Paul) Niederbaumer, and Lexi (Matt) Ranek; sons, Jon Lewis and Scott Benson (Jenny Lobasz); grandchildren: Tom, Cody, and Kali Niederbaumer, Beau and Vayda Ranek, sisters, Joan (Larry) Lorenzen and Mary (Lloyd) Schaunaman and several nieces and nephews and his very special four-legged friend, Maxine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Mildred Lewis.