Capt. Richard M. Lewis, Sr., US Army, Ret., 89, of Indianapolis, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 30, 1926, in Indianapolis the son of Harold C., Sr. and Gladys B. (Cozatt) Lewis.
Richard graduated from Howe High School and served our country for 30 years, having been drafted for WW II and was one of the last horse mounted cavalry. He was an infantry Recon and Intel Sgt., and later battlefield commissioned officer during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
After retirement from the Army he served as an instructor and supervisor with Lincoln Technical Institute for 17 years. He was a member of Harvestime Assembly of God and Brookside Masonic Lodge #720 F & A.M.
Richard is survived by his wife, of more than 65 years, Dorothy (Nance) Lewis; sons, Carl E. “High Pockets” Lewis (Cheryl) of Sand Springs, Okla., Richard M Lewis, Jr. (Becky) of Clay City, Ind., Gail C. Grimes (Richard) of Greenfield, David W. Lewis (Linda) of Carrollton, Ga. and Thomas M. Lewis (Kim) of Indianapolis; 16 grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a great- granddaughter, Breanna Nicole Brown and his brothers, Harold “Bud” Lewis, Jr. and Donald E. Lewis.
The family is being served by Flanner and Buchanan- Washington Park East, 10722 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46229, where a Celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Visitation will be held from 3 -7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at the funeral home, where a masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Washington Park East Cemetery with military honors provided by the US Army.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Wheeler Mission, 205 E. New York St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 or Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 South Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509.
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