Paul Lewis

 Paul W. Lewis, 89, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday the 21st of November, surrounded by loved ones. Born October 15th, 1931 to William and Jesse (Dryden) Lewis he is proceeded in death by the love of his life Loretta (Joan) Lewis, two brothers James Lewis and Daniel Lewis, and one sister, Betty Click.


A Celebration of Paul’s life will be at a later date.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites. 


Memorials may be directed to The Vespasian Warner Public Library, Clinton, IL.


Paul served in the Air Force as an Airman First Class and Medic between 1949- 1959 and worked for Caterpillar from 1960-1990. However, he was best known in central Illinois for his 40 plus years as the Master of Ceremony and lead vocalist, every Saturday night, at the Illinois Country Opry in Petersburg, Illinois, and for doing shows throughout the state.


Paul married Joan Thoms on August 29th, 1954, and became a wonderful example of a husband and family man. He is survived by his children, Belinda “Lindy” (Daniel) Hubert, William “Bill” (Jill) Lewis, and Loretta “Lori” (Jerry) Benedict; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, two siblings John “Jack” (Faye) Lewis, and Joyce (Daniel) Lewis, as well as several brothers and sister-in-law’s, and nieces and nephews. He is lovingly remembered for his generous heart, beautiful singing voice, and his love of fishing, gardening, hunting, and the outdoors. He cultured great appreciation of harmony in his family and brought joy to many with song. Most importantly, the power of his unconditional love was unfathomable, he treated those he loved as though they were precious and made sure to tell them often, he never left a phone call or a visit without saying Love, Love, Love. Everyone should be so blessed as to have such an example of love and goodness in their life, he will be sorely missed.


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