2-26-1928 ~ 3-17-2016
Charlie R. Lewis, 88, of Rocky Ford passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2016 at Parkview Medical Center. He was born on February 26, 1928 in Alamo, Colorado to William James and Zella May (Singleterry) Lewis.
Charlie graduated from Huerfano County High School in May 14, 1942. After graduation he worked as a farm and ranch hand and then was drafted into the Army. He was stationed in Taegu, Korea with the service company 1st Infantry Regiment, driving a truck and was honorably discharged as a corporal. He returned home and began driving trucks for Huerfano Freight Line of Walsenburg, then went to work for Wright Motor Lines in Rocky Ford, eventually becoming an owner-operator.
In his retired years, he enjoyed riding his horses and helping with branding, and loved participating in the local parades. He also enjoyed the coffee shop talk and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Alma (Inskeep) Lewis of La Junta; his seven children, Linda Roberts, Alan Lewis, Warren Lewis, Lori Kitzman, Leola Kelly, and twins Ralph and Randal Lewis; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, and a great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday March 23 at Peacock Memorial Chapel with Pastor Bryon Roberts of the Blue Mesa Baptist Church of Gunnison, CO officiating. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Rocky Ford, with Military Honors by the Rocky Ford Rifle Team, American Legion Post #8.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the Lupus Foundation, 7853 E. Arapahoe Court, Suite 3100, Centennial, CO 80112.
Online condolences may be made at www.peacockfh.com.