Frank Lewis

Frank D. “Tinker” Lewis, 74, Meriden, died June 9, 2011, at his home after a long fight with cancer.

He was born March 10, 1937, at Meriden, the son of George Thurman and Maude Alice Phipps Lewis. He was a lifelong resident of the Meriden area.

Frank D. “Tinker” LewisHe was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1955 to 1959 following the Korean War. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10815 in Meriden and the Meriden Community Church.

He worked as a production team member for Heinz Pet Foods in Topeka over 30 years, retiring in 1998. An avid fisherman, he taught many children how to fish.

He married Jeralyn Rose Moore May 7, 1983 at Lawrence. She survives at the home. He is also survived by two sons, Jim Lewis, Meriden, and John Lewis, Topeka; one stepson, Scott Reusch, Lansing; three daughters, Annette McMullen, Fayetteville, N.C., Sherri Lewis, Topeka, and Amy Gudenkauf, Meriden; two brothers, Loran Lewis, St. Louis, Mo., and Ed Lewis, Georgetown, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Memorial services were June 13 at the Chapel Oaks Meriden Chapel in Meriden. Inurnment will be at Ozawkie Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Jayhawk Boy Scout Camp in Jefferson County and sent in care of the funeral chapel, P.O. Box 331, Meriden, 66512.

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