Buford Clark Lewis (Burt)

Buford Clark Lewis (Burt) died on April 13, 2013. He was born in Brightshade, Kentucky on August 6, 1937, son of Maude Cottingim and Oakley Coffee Lewis. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rachel Ann Lusk. He is survived by his wife, Winifred (Wyn) Lewis and children Kent Lewis and Rachel Stilwell. He was proud grandfather of Xandria and Miles Lewis and Olivia Stilwell. He remained friends with his cousins Lavon, Harold (Frosty), Carl, Kathleen, and Ruth and niece, Stacey Burns. He loved his in-laws, Mary Ann Glance, Mike and Sandy Glance, Ellen and Dennis Patton, Gary and Peggy Glance and their children.

Moving to Detroit at age 12, he later joined the Navy in 1954. He loved the Navy, and was proud of his Country. In the Navy, as an Electrician’s Mate, Burt travelled all over the world including the arctic and North Atlantic, Antarctic and both sides of South America, and the Mediterranean Sea. His favorite ports were Buenos Aires, Argentina and Capetown, South Africa. In Antarctica, he participated in the “International Geophysical Year” — a multi-country exploration of the Antarctic continent

In 1958, Burt returned to his family in Detroit and attended Detroit Institute of Technology, studying electrical engineering. He worked in the defense industry in Orange County, CA as a technical writer and married Wyn on November 24, 1962. In 1963, Burt graduated with a BA in Philosophy in 1968 from Cal State Fullerton. After a career in sales, he retired to Eagle Point in 2001.

Burt loved camping, tennis, skiing, golf and music of all kinds. The only material thing he cared about was his sound system. He filled the lives of family and friends with music, humor, love and shared wisdom. He will be missed.

Services will be held at the Eagle Point National Cemetery on Friday, May 3 at 2 p.m.

 

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