George “Butch” Lewis

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George A. “Butch” Lewis, Jr., 59, of Belleville, IL, born November 18, 1959, in Belleville, IL, unexpectedly left this earthly world Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Butch was a 1982 graduate of McKendree University where as a golfer he was the most valuable player on the school’s first team in any sport to qualify for a national tournament.  After graduation, Butch embarked on a successful career at A.G. Edwards, through their transition to Wells Fargo Securities, having attained the position of Director in Equity Capital Markets.

On January 2, 1988, Butch married his life’s love, Ann, a union that produced three children. A dedicated husband and father, Butch loved his family with all his heart and they always remained first and foremost in his life.

Preceding him in death were his dear mother, Loraine, nee Hunt, Lewis; two sisters, Gale A. Lewis and Kay L. Kalotek; his mother-in-law, Dolores J. Burnworth, and a brother-in-law, Michael G. Burnworth.

Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife of 31 years, Ann M., nee Burnworth, Lewis; his daughter, Rachel G. (fiancé, Zac Choate) Lewis; two sons, Clay G. Lewis and Cole M. Lewis; his father, George A. Lewis, Sr.; two sisters, Susanne Colone and Clara McClure; his father-in-law, William “Bill” Burnworth; and a special niece, Ashley (Andrew) Langenstein.  Also cherishing his memory are in-laws, nieces, nephews, former classmates, golfing buddies, and dear friends.

Butch touched the lives of all whose paths he crossed, and the world will truly be a lesser place with his loss.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Grade School or Caritas Family Solutions. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at the church.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Matthew Elie officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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35 Comments on George “Butch” Lewis

Steve Burkhead said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2019 at 6:38 PM

Ann and family. I never met you but I had the privilege of knowing our husband and the childrens' father for 30 years. Butch and I are part of the AGE family. I now live in AR and work for a bank. I was in STL in March and saw Butch at WFA and told him and Dave this would be the last time I would be at 1 North Jefferson. I thanked them for being a great partner with me and the many laughs we shared in person or on the phone. I always called Butch and asked if he had any good syndicate and he always replied, "all our syndicate is good." Butch was and is a good man, I will miss him, but I will never forget him. Steve Burkhead

  • Rogers
  • AR
Mr. Potter said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2019 at 2:42 PM

I am so sadden to hear of Butch’s passing. He was so great and enjoyable to work with these past 10 years . He always put a smile on my face. We had many conversations on many different subjects but mostly about his family who he loved so much. I am truly sorry for your loss as I know you all were the center of his universe. He was a great man and will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Evergreen
  • Colorado
Andy Sanford said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2019 at 1:21 PM

To all of the Lewis Family -I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Butch for more than 10 years and he was a man full of spirit and kindliness whom I always enjoyed to be with. May the memories of his life provide you with strength and support in these times.

  • New York
  • NY
Brenda Rodriguez said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2019 at 5:27 AM

We are so sorry for the loss of Butch. The rally of support and love from his family is inspiring. What a mark he has made in his time here. His life is a legacy of love. Sending our continued prayers for you all. Praying you feel God powering love through all of this. Warm hugs, The Rodriguez family

  • Spaulding
  • Il
Betty Massey said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2019 at 4:41 AM

I was saddened to hear of Butch’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Don Brudie said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2019 at 8:37 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Lewis family. I was lucky enough to meet Butch years ago through work. It was always a pleasure to see him upon my visits to St. Louis. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a great person. My prayers are with your family.

  • New York
  • New York
Bob Russell said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2019 at 3:24 AM

This was such sad news. My prayers go out to Butch’s Family. Butch was always so personable and I never saw him having a bad day. He treated the Cleaning Lady as well as the Executives, a good example for all of us. He always had such a positive attitude and always lifted your spirits any time you came in contact with him. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

  • Catawissa
  • Mo
Jane Spreng said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2019 at 1:28 AM

Dear Ann, I will be praying for you as you deal with sadness and grief. Just remember the joys you shared with George and he with you! Take care and comfort Rachel,Clay and Cole! Jane Spreng

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Elizabeth Alvarez said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2019 at 12:36 AM

Dear Ann, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I was sadden to hear the news of Butch's passing. Butch and I worked together at Wells Fargo and every phone call we had ended with one of his many funny comments. I was fortunate to have traded emails with Butch in December and as always he made me laugh. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your family find comfort in each other and always remember his laughter and how much he loved his family. May God Bless Butch and your family. Warmest, Elizabeth

  • New York
  • New York
Bruce Baker said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2019 at 7:25 PM

I was heart broken to hear the sad news about Butch. He was such a great person and will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to the family and friends

  • Carlsbad
  • Ca
drake sloss said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2019 at 6:21 PM

I dealt with Butch for close to 25 years.He was an absolute prince.Great attitude,just a really terrific guy. This news saddens me terribly.

  • metairie
  • la. 70005
Susan Zaring said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2019 at 3:23 PM

George and Family: Heartfelt prayers all around for the loss of your son from Sue at SAVE

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
MARY STIEHL said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2019 at 2:57 AM

I am john and Jerome Graham's sister.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary Graham Stiehl said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2019 at 2:55 AM

I'm Jerome Graham's sister and aunt of Julie Graham. I am ward 6 alderwoman of Belleville. I am so sorry about Butchs' sudden passing. Prayers and love to Ann and Cole and all. ♥️🙏♥️🙏

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim & Joanie Cozis said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2019 at 1:24 AM

Ann, Our deepest sympathy to you and your children for the loss of Butch. What an all around terrific guy! Butch had the gift of being able to light up a room with laughter and joy. Life sometimes sure can be so cruel and unfair. May your faith comfort you to know that you'll see him again. Sending you love and prayers for strength, peace and again one day- joy...just as Butch would want for you. Jim & Joanie Cozis

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Mike Kovaleski said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 5:48 PM

I am so saddened to hear about Butch. I only worked with him a short time, and never met him in person, but he was always a pleasure to speak with and very helpful (and patient). Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Winter Park
  • FL
Jennifer Elexis Kalotek Repetto said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 4:43 PM

My deepest condolences to George, Ann, Rachel, Clay, Cole and family. I met Butch when I was 8, he was my step-uncle. When I think of Butch I remember his kindness and how much that meant to me.

  • Ozark
  • MO
Debbie and Charlie Thacker said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 4:13 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. I am Lisa’s sister, so we knew Butch and Ann from Burnworth family gatherings. What a nice happy man he seemed to always be. Our condolences to the whole family.

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
John Thorsen said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 2:28 PM

We were so saddened to hear of Butch’s passing. While we only worked with Butch for about 2 years, he was such a help as we moved our practice in late 2016. Butch was always a straight shooter, but also had a great sense of humor. He cared that we did well and that was greatly appreciated. I almost always felt better after speaking with him. Ann, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Orlando
  • FL
ray przybylowski said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 9:59 AM

ANN SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT BUTCH,,AFTER WORKING WITH HIM FOR 15 YEARS AND SITTING NEXT TO HIM FOR 7 YEARS I KNOW HOW MUCH HE LOVED YOU AND THE KIDS EVEN MORE THEN GOLF,,MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND THE FAMILY

  • ballwin
  • MO
CJ Rhyne said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 1:45 AM

My prayers go out to the family and friends. I was lucky to grow up looking up to Butch. I can still remember him walking into the club house on any course and just bring a presence of strength and confidence only matched by joy and laughter. Heaven gained a hero. My deepest condolences

  • Belleville
  • Il
Sondra Holshouser Suter said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 1:29 AM

I was saddened to hear the sad news about Butch. I was his sister, Gale's, best friend and grew up next door to the Lewis's. George and Loraine were my Godparents. May God bless his family and help bring peace and comfort in the coming difficult days and beyond. You have my sympathy.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Brenda Hobbs said : Guest Report Jan 08, 2019 at 1:08 AM

My heart breaks for you Ann and family. Butch was one of those rare people that no one could ever talk ill of. Always funny and kind. McKendree wouldn’t have been the same without him. RIP dear friend. Ann and family May the peace of God surround you and give you strength during this time. 🙏

  • Ofallon
  • IL
robert packin said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 11:13 PM

I had conversations once or twice a week for 10 years, and he always left you feeling better. He was full of laughter and helpful when you were in need. His family should be grateful that they had him in their lives for 59 years.

  • san clemente
  • ca
Bill Manion said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 10:20 PM

To the Lewis family: Please accept my sincere condolences. Butch and I attended McKendree University together. On the rare occasion Butch missed class, I'd give him my notes, and in return, he'd give me golf lessons. If you ask me, I received much more than I gave.

  • Highland
  • Illinois
Rebecca choate said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 9:43 PM

Sorry for your loss. I hope cherished memories help with your family's healing.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary Benfer said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 7:30 PM

My deepest condolences to Ann and her family! I worked with Butch for 22 years and loved every day of it! He was an awesome guy who loved his family! God bless you Butch as you continue your journey in Heaven!

  • Fairview heights
  • Illinois
Carl Rhyne said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 7:01 PM

Butch will be missed he was a great man. I knew him thru George and Yorktown, Prays go out for him and his family, he will be greatly missed by all.

  • Belleville
  • Il
kerry j mangano said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 5:35 PM

I spoke to Butch at least once a day for 27 years,and always ended the conversation laughing.He was a glass half full person,always trying to lift up others. My prayers are with the Lewis family.

  • Newport Beach
  • CA
Sherry Elbert said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 4:52 PM

Worked with Butch for 21 years. He was a special special man. May God grant you peace through this difficult time for we know Butch is with Him now.

  • Eureka
  • MO
Sheri Rosen said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 4:19 PM

Sending our condolences from Triad in NYC. I spoke with Butch on a weekly(probably daily) basis and especially during Masters golf time! He was 1 in a million. We send our thoughts and prayers to all of his family.

  • New York
  • NY
Joe English said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 3:42 PM

To one of my favorite 'girl' cousins - my deepest sympathies for your loss. Butch certainly was your soulmate and friend. As our own families grew, cousins drift apart. I will always remember Butch as laughing at all of our family stories. I am certainly glad to have known him, and Joan and I will remember him and you in our prayers and happy thoughts. We will keep Rachel, Cole and Clay in our thoughts and prayers, as well

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
charles frank said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 3:23 PM

Butch helped almost on a daily basis during my career at A.G. Edwards. I am so sorry to hear his passing. Such a nice man.

  • st. louis
  • mo
Michael Link said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 2:24 PM

We all played Golf at Tamarack a few weeks ago and as always, Butch energized us all. He was always fun to be around and everyone loved him. All of us will miss him dearly. We will pray for his family and especially for George who cherished Butch with love.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Patricia Reader said : Guest Report Jan 07, 2019 at 1:14 PM

I worked in the gift store where Butch came in to buy stamps. He would also grab a popcorn for his buddy David. I am so So Sorry for Your Loss. He was a Awesome Man!!

  • Granite
  • Il

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