Glen Earl Lewis

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010

Former longtime Juneau resident Glen Earl Lewis died Dec. 20, 2009, at the Veteran's Hospital in Prescott, Ariz. He was 71. His family was at his side.

Born June 18, 1938, in Craig, Colo., to Earl Charles and Hildreth May Lewis, he was raised with his five brothers and sisters in Gig Harbor, Wash., where he graduated high school.

He joined the U.S. Coast Guard after high school and was stationed in Juneau. He then transferred to Long Beach, Calif.

While stationed in Juneau, he met the love of his life, Kathryn Leigh-Kendall. They married April 25, 1958, at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. They raised their three sons, Jack, Michael and Ricky, in Juneau at their home on Seventh Street.

Glen worked for the BIA in Juneau after leaving the Coast Guard. He was co-owner of the Rexall Drug Stores both downtown and in the Nugget Mall. He was owner of the Footwear Gallery in the Nugget Mall and managed the retail store and gas station at Fisherman's Bend for several years.

He was an avid sports fisherman and hunter. He loved spending days on the boat. He and his sons went hunting several times a year. He shot trap and served as President of the Juneau Gun Club for several years in the 1970s and 80s.

He bowled in a mixed league for many years. He was a member of the Elks Club and enjoyed golfing with friends. In later years, he took up carving as a hobby and created beautiful and unique walking sticks. He planted beautiful nasturtiums every spring that graced the front walkway of his Juneau home and at Black Meadow Landing in Arizona.

He retired in 1999. Glen and Kathy became snowbirds in 2000 after purchasing their first RV. They wintered on Lake Havasu and spent the summers in Juneau. Glen loved the warm weather and the sun on his face.

His family and friends will remember him for his great kindness, generosity and sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Charles Lewis; sister, Fern Papadakis; and nephew, Charlie Lewis.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathryn Lewis; sons, Jack Lewis and wife, Kristine, and their sons, Michael Lewis and Ricky Lewis, of Juneau; daughter-in-law, Terry Lewis, of Juneau; granddaughter, Caitlyn Lewis, of Juneau; grandson, Jacob Lewis, of Juneau; sister, Rose Carlson and husband, Melvin, of Washington; brother, Ivan Lewis and wife, Debbie, of California; sister, Lilly Kaparos and husband, Steve, of California; sister-in-law, Helene Lewis, of Washington; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

At his request, no services will be held.

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