Obituary for William Lewis, 92

March 23,1925 To August 04,2017,

5-7 PM, Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow

Funeral Services
11 AM, Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Glasgow United Methodist Church

Lewis Cemetery - Glasgow

Glasgow United Methodist Church

*There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: The Life and Times of William Henry Lewis A time to be born… Better known as Bill Henry to his family and friends, he was born on March 23rd, 1925 on the family farm outside of Glasgow. Bill Henry was the last of eight children born to Edwin A. and Flora Belle Lewis. A time to grow… Bill Henry grew up in Glasgow, attended Glasgow public schools and graduated in 1943. He loved high school sports, and played on the basketball team and the last ever football team at Glasgow. A time for war… Immediately after graduating from high school, Bill Henry enlisted in the United States Army rather than be drafted. After testing, Bill Henry was sent to the Air Force for pilot training. He earned certification to fly a B17 as a pilot and a B29 bomber as a co-pilot. 2nd Lieutenant Lewis was only a few weeks from going overseas, when the US dropped the atomic bomb, ending the war. He was honorably discharged in 1946. A time to build… On his return from the service, Bill Henry joined his father in a livestock trucking business, Lewis and Son. He ran the business after his father’s death until the 1980’s when his only son, Gary David, ‘Dave’, joined him. One of Bill Henry’s greatest joys was that his son wanted to follow in his footsteps. Bill Henry drove a truck until he was 80 years old and stayed an active partner until a year before his death. A time to love… Bill Henry met Dorothy Jo Yung on a blind date (although he knew who she was). After a short time, they married on June 24th, 1951. Their first child, Linda, was born the next year, followed two years later by Carol, then Kathy, Susan, and finally Gary David. A time to plant… Bill Henry and Dorothy’s family grew as time passed. Linda and Don Allebach of Davenport, IA, are the parents of Carrie, married to Glen Hummel, children Emily, Luke and Nathan; Laura, married to B.J. Nichols, children Wilson, Henry and Annalise; and Katherine, married to Chad Franz, children Andrew and Adam. Carol Hill of Glasgow, is the mother of Alexander (Lewis) and Dizzie. Kathy and Bo Parks of Glasgow, are the parents of Wesley, married to Rosa (née Valdez), children Gabriella and Xavier; Lewis, married to Whitney (née Nordmeyer), children Madisyn, Macie, and Maylen; and Jill. Susan and Tim Prisendorf of Sedalia, MO, are the parents of Brett and Shelby. Brett’s children are Darren and Selina. Gary David of Fayette, MO, is the father of Tanner and is married to Laura (née Peery). All Bill Henry’s children survive as well as many nieces and nephews. A time to dance… As a dedicated husband and father, Bill Henry’s life was one of hard work. But through the years various joys filled his life: growing up in a large and happy family, swing dancing with Dorothy until their joints wore out, looking at trucks with Dave, being an active member of the Glasgow United Methodist Church, and in his later life, going on an Honor Flight to Washington DC, playing casina (card game) with Susan and Jill, and attending Glasgow Yellowjacket basketball games as much as he could. A time to mourn… Bill Henry passed away at home on Friday, August 4th, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He lived a rich and full life. He was 92 years, four months and 12 days old. Dorothy preceded him in death in 2006. In addition to his parents and wife, Bill Henry was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Lewis, Jr., and six sisters: Frances Hawkins, Edwina Ferguson, Dorothy (child), Flora “Billie” Long, Virginia Henson, and Helaine Shaw. A time to celebrate… Bill Henry’s funeral service was held on Monday, August 7th at 11 AM at the Glasgow United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Karen Alden officiating. Burial, with Military Honors, followed the funeral service at Lewis Cemetery where he was laid to rest next to his much- loved wife. Friemonth-Freese Funeral Services graciously provided the arrangements. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Glasgow United Methodist Church, in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service. *Based on Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8