William L. (Bill) Lewis Obituary

William L. (Bill) Lewis, 85, died Thursday, September 8, 2022 at the Cleveland Clinic. Born April 17, 1937 in Erie, Pennsylvania, Bill was the son of Leo J. and Dorothy (Perrine) Lewis and the eldest of four siblings. He is preceded in death by his parents; half-brothers, Bruce and Duane Heflin; sister-in-law, Tanis Lewis; nephew, Jeff W. Lewis.

A permanent resident of North East, PA, Bill graduated from North East High School and then joined the United States Coast Guard. After his service, he returned to the Northeast with his wife, Jean (Anderson) Lewis. Throughout his life, Bill was an entrepreneur and industrialist owning and operating several local businesses, namely Ridg-U-Rak, LEMCO Manufacturing (with his father and brother Mark) and North Coast Processing with his son Billy. An avid outdoorsman, Bill enjoyed big game hunting, boating and fishing. As a youth, he played football for the Coast Guard as well as at the University of Edinboro. One of his greatest joys was on the coaching staff of the 1967 Northeast County Championship football team. Bill was a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and in recent years has the proud captain of the world-ranked Clan Browns Golfclash team.

Family was the cornerstone of Bill’s life. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean (Anderson) Lewis; children, Sallee Bowser (Mark) and Billy Lewis (Beth); siblings, Mark Lewis (Tanis), Ruthann Luhman and Jeffrey Lewis (Marge); grandchildren, Mitch (Jennifer), Mac, Grace (Beau), Cole, Cuyler (Maxine), Anne’ (Adam), Peri and William; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, PA on Monday, September 12 from 3-7 p.m. Submissions may be made to the North East Community Foundation, PO Box 327, North East, PA 16428 or the Keystone Elk Country Alliance, 134 Homestead Drive, Benezette, PA. 15821. Please send your condolences to elkinfh.com.

Posted on September 10, 2022

Posted in Erie Times-News

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William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, NE

September 12, 2022 at 15:00 – 19:00

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