Lincoln - Wendell W.
"Windy" Lewis, Jr., 79 of Lincoln passed away on
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 1:48 a.m. at Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
A Memorial Service for Mr. Lewis will be held on
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at Holy
Family Catholic Church in Lincoln with Rev. Simon
Taabu officiating. Military Rites will be accorded
by American Legion Post # 263 of Lincoln.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30
p.m. at the church on Tuesday.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Lincoln at
a later date. Cremation Rites have been accorded.
Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wendell William Lewis Jr. was born on November 18,
1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Wendell W.
Lewis Sr., and Veronica Wirth Lewis. He married Jill
A. Tremper from Sandwich, Illinois.
Windy attended grade and junior high school in
Minneapolis, MN. His family moved to Lincoln the day
before classes began in the fall of 1946. During
high school, Windy participated in football,
basketball, and track. He was his junior class
president and a member of the Student Council and
National Honor Society. After graduating high school
, Windy attended Bradley University on a scholarship
participating in freshman football and track.
1952, with Uncle Sam close behind, he transferred to
the University of Minnesota. Windy entered the
United States Army in January of 1953. He was
stationed in California. Due to his background as a
lifeguard and water safety instructor, he was
assigned to Special Services as a lifeguard at Fort
Hunter Liggett Military Reservation.
Military Service, he graduated from Illinois
Wesleyan University, while at the time he was
employed at the home office of State Farm Insurance.
In 1961, he opened Spruce Up Men's Clothing Store in
downtown Lincoln. He owned and operated Spruce Up
for 17 years. After closing his store he worked as a
fiscal monitor for the State of Illinois.
Windy embraced his family
unconditionally; he recycled everything with the belief that
saving God's earth was giving back for his many blessings. He is
He is survived by his loving wife:
Jill, two daughters: Cindy (Steve) Goodman and Stephanie Winter
both of Lincoln, Seven grandchildren: Zachery (Jackie) Winter of
Yorkville, Steven (Jessica) Goodman of Lincoln, Danielle Winter
of Springfield, Shanna (Chris) Schneider, Shanae (Bret)
Tripplett both of Lincoln, Desirae Winter of Mattoon and Isaac
Lewis of Lincoln, two great grandchildren Ellie Grace and Finley
Jack Winter, one brother: M. Todd (Joan) Lewis of Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother:
Memorials may be made to Carroll Catholic School or Holy Family
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