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George "Gadget" Morrow Lewis

August 14, 1927 November 9, 2018
George "Gadget" Morrow Lewis
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George "Gadget" Morrow Lewis, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday evening, November 9. He was surrounded by family at his home of 55 years.

Born August 14, 1927 to Helen Morrow and George Brown Lewis, Gadget was a lifelong resident of Palmyra. As their only child, he was spoiled rotten by his parents and his aunt and uncle, Virginia and John B. White. He had an intense curiosity as a young boy evidenced by shop owner, EE Sears, who bestowed the nickname Gadget due to his countless questions of “What’s that gadget?”

Gadget graduated from Palmyra High School in 1945 and was co-captain of the football team and a starter on the undefeated (white sweater) basketball team. He loved sharing the fact that he was a member of the FDR class; FDR was president when he entered first grade and died his senior year. He happily attended his 73rd high school reunion a few months ago.

After high school graduation, he served three months as an Aviation Cadet Trainee and then was a Seaman 1st Class in the United States Navy until July 1946.

After WWII ended, he returned to Missouri and attended Culver Stockton College and graduated from the University of Missouri and St. Louis College Of Mortuary Science in 1950. At Culver Stockton, a cute coed from Orlando, Florida, Dorothy Kirkcaldy Davidson, caught his eye. They were married at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Orlando on June 29, 1950. They enjoyed 56 years of a loving marriage, filled with family and friends, until Dee’s death in 2006.

Gadget was a partner in Lewis Brothers Funeral Home (founded by his father and uncle in 1917) for 38 years, retiring in 1988. As a business leader in the community, he served as President of the Kiwanis Club, the Palmyra Chamber of Commerce, the Board Chair of the Fall Festival Committee, and was a founding member of the Jackson Park Golf Club in Palmyra. Gadget was a member of Palmyra Mason Lodge #18 and was recently honored for his 70 year membership in the Boots-Dickson American Legion Post #174. He was proud that his father was a charter member of the Post and that the Lewis family maintained membership in the Post for over 100 years.

He was a member of the First Christian Church for 80 years, where he was a long serving Elder and past Chairman of the Board. He was grateful to attend a service there a few weeks ago and was comforted by the Elder Prayer Circle around his rocking chair.

Gadget’s passion for fun and adventure was infectious. He loved to travel around the world, was a passionate golfer, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a loyal fan of the Palmyra High School sports teams and the Missouri Tigers football and basketball teams. His tailgates were legendary at Mizzou football games. He loved welcoming Anne’s friends while she was at Mizzou, and the hospitality continued among the college kids when Jeff, Casey, Kate, and Amy were at Mizzou.

During his last couple of weeks at home, he talked to and was surrounded by the family he loved so dearly: Michael and Jennifer Lewis of Albuquerque, New Mexico; David and Gabel Lewis of Palmyra; Anne and Rob Raymond of Dallas, Texas; and John and Shelley Lewis of Palmyra. A favorite family activity while all the grandkids were growing up was having pizza on the screened porch at home, which he was able to do with family and friends recently on a glorious fall afternoon.

“Grampa” (sometimes “Grumpa”) was so proud of all the grandkids and they have wonderful memories of their times with Gramma Dee and Grampa. They all inherited his love for travel and are scattered around the country: Jeff Lewis in Denver, Colorado; Casey Lewis in Brooklyn, New York; Kate Raymond Liias and Endel in Washington, DC; Meg Raymond Smith and Wyatt in San Francisco, CA; Amy Lewis in Tampa, Florida; and Amanda Lewis in Fayette, Missouri, and a special friend, Rosie Childers.

Thanks to the staff at Willow Care and at Dr. Pontius’ office. They provided exceptional care, took a very special interest in his well-being, and patiently listened to his repeated telling of jokes–some of which didn’t need to be told! We are all exceptionally grateful for all of his special caregivers that allowed him to be at home.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A. M. Friday at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel, Pastor Mark Carpenter will officiate. A Life Celebration will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church or the Gardner House.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Lewis, Endel Liias, Wyatt Smith, Jeff Early, Chuck Houston, Steve Lewis, and Joe Thomas.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jim Drescher, Carl Hoehne, Jon Obermann, Jim Bourisaw, Jim Lowe, Carroll Ragar, and Jim Lovegreen.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

15

Nov

5:00 PM 11/15/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/15/2018 7:00:00 PM
Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel

424 S Main Street
Palmyra, MO 63461

Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel
424 S Main Street Palmyra 63461 MO
United States

Service

Friday

16

Nov

11:00 AM 11/16/2018 11:00:00 AM
Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel

424 S Main Street
Palmyra, MO 63461

Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel
424 S Main Street Palmyra 63461 MO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Greenwood Cemetery Final Resting Place

3741 Highway BB
Palmyra, Missouri 63461

3741 Highway BB Palmyra 63461 Missouri
United States

Memorial Contribution

the Gardner House

First Christian Church

Palmyra, Missouri
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