DAVID EDWIN LEWIS
ONE MINUTE HAPPY & HEALTHY AND 46 YEARS YOUNG
HEINOUSLY BURNED ON THE DEAD INDIAN ROAD, ASHLAND, OREGON
SEPTEMBER FOUR 2008
David Edwin Lewis born 12/23/61 Wilmington Delaware - -Killed 9/4/08 Ashland Oregon.
The beloved youngest son of :
Robert Edwin Lewis
Bob Lewis of Wilmington, DE, died Wednesday morning, November 21, 2001.
Born in Ridley Park, PA, Bob was a distinguished Earth Science teacher with the Brandywine School District for 34 years. His former students and colleagues will remember him from Springer Junior High and Hanby Junior High Schools. During his teaching career, Bob was part of the first group of elite teachers to receive the Christie McAulliffe Fellowship Award from the United States Department of Education, and he was also honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in science and mathematics teaching from the White House in Washington, DC.
Upon his retirement in 1997, Bob became an Adjunct Professor, Student Teacher Supervisor with the University of Delaware's Department of Chemistry, where he managed student teachers out in the field. " Coach Lewis " created science students of the first rank, and also leaders in other professions, from journalism to medicine, pro-ball players to education to law.
Bob was a Penn-Relay champion for all four years of his college career, garnering him respect in the athletic community as he went to Olympic Time Trials in track & field.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Vivian; and their 4 children, Page Lewis and Jim Lewis , both of Wilmington, DE, David Lewis of Ashland, OR, Linda Lewis of Ashland, OR; and 14 adult-grandchildren and several great-grand children.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held 7 pm Monday, November 26th at the North Baptist Church, 3318 Silverside Rd., Wilmington. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the:
National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Rm.#575, Arlington, VA 22230.
Arrangements by ROBERT MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, Trainer, PA
Friends and family of David Edwin Lewis continue to mourn the man they called "the most loving man on the mountain" while they await word on suspicious fires that destroyed his house and one other on Dead Indian Memorial Road Thursday.
Authorities say it will take days to confirm the identity of the badly burned body found at Lewis' hilltop cabin and collect evidence from home's scorched rubble.
Lewis, 46, had lived at the cabin at 12801 Dead Indian Memorial Road for 23 years and was known for his care for the land and his neighbors, said his ex-wife Josee Fournier, who is the mother of his three sons.
He was the neighbor who would deliver firewood, plow snow from driveways or haul in groceries for anyone who needed help in the winter, said his son, Casey Lewis, 19.
"He did it for everyone he knew," agreed his girlfriend, Mimi Warnecke.
Warnecke lives on the same mountain road, several miles from the cabin Lewis rented. The first half-dozen years she lived there, she knew him only as "the guy in the Jeep" who offered a friendly wave when he went by. One August day two years ago, she was running on area trails and discovered mounds of trash, some bagged and some scattered, left behind after a rave at a remote gravel pit.
She mentioned the trash in passing as she chatted with Lewis on her way home, but didn't give it much more thought. Later in the day, when she returned to the gravel pit and found it spotless, she knew it had to be Lewis' work and stopped by his cabin.
"That was how I met him and why I fell in love with him," she said. "That was the respect he had for the land and for everything.
"He was the kindest and most loving man I have ever known," she said.
Fournier said Lewis passed his abiding love for the land and all wildlife, care for his fellow humans and attention to detail to their sons.
"He taught his boys the simple pleasures," she said.
Casey Lewis fondly recalls fishing trips, weekend dirt-bike excursions, bow hunting, playing basketball and watching sports with his dad and his two brothers, Beau, 21, and Skyler, 12.
"I've been fishing since I was a toddler," Casey Lewis said, recounting how a fat trout in Howard Prairie Lake nearly pulled his tiny self into the water until his dad rushed in to grab boy and pole.
"He was so proud of his sons," Fournier said.
Casey Lewis, who hopes to be a helicopter pilot, had gone to Alaska this month to work on a helicopter ground crew. Skyler celebrated his 12th birthday Tuesday and was starting middle school. Beau works in construction.
"They will be his legacy," Warnecke said.
Most of all, those who loved Lewis want to ensure that he is remembered for more than his sudden, shocking death.
Investigators continue to unravel that mystery. Two fires, at 18196 and 12801 Dead Indian Memorial Road, were reported about an hour apart in the early morning hours Thursday. The unoccupied weekend home and Lewis' cabin each were completely consumed by flames, prompting suspicions of neighbors and authorities alike.A private memorial service for Lewis is planned by Josee Fournier, at the summit on Sept. 14, 2008 "