William Ray Lewis Jr., a resident of the Colville area, passed away on Feb. 6, 2014 in Colville at the age of 64. WilÂliam was born on Jan. 9, 1950 in Tampa, FL, the son of William Ray and Jacqueline Jean (Keeley) Lewis.
William was raised in Florida where he attended school. On March 18, 1968, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. He graduated with honors from boot camp at MCRD Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA, as a lance corporal, with a sharp- shooterâ€™s metal. William served overseas in Vietnam, where he earned a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one star and Combat Action Ribbon.
While stateside, he was stationed in San Diego, where he met Janis Collom. He and Janis were wed on Dec. 24, 1969. and began a family with the birth of their son, William. They later moved to Florida were their daughter, Jeanie, was born. WilÂliam attended college and earned a degree as a heavy maÂchinery mechanic. He then worked as an engine mechanic in the shipyards before beginning his career as a master carpenÂter. He worked at large construction sites and traveled across the U.S. with work opportunities. In 1987, he moved to the Colville area.
William enjoyed traveling and thought nothing of spending a year or two at a time away from home. His travels led him to Mexico and Belize and across the â€śwarmer halfâ€ť of the United States. He also enjoyed boating, motorcycling, camping and especially fishing. William was a free spirit with a fondness for tinkering. He worked on and repaired many things that others would have, â€śor should have,â€ť thrown away.
William is survived by his son, William Lewis III, Colville; daughter, Jeanie Lewis, Colville; grandÂdaughters, Stephanie, Jeanie and Emily Lewis; grandsons, Steven and Samuel Raner; sister, Lynda Wright and her husÂband, Charles, Colville; sevÂeral nieces, nephews, their families in the area and several first cousins in Florida.
A family gathering will be held in memory of William R. Lewis.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.