George Lewis

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George Albert Lewis, 93, of Belleville, Il, born April 1, 1927 in East St Louis, IL, passed away Thursday, June 20th, 2019, in St, Louis, MO.

Greatly loved by family and friends alike, George was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend. In 1944, George joined the Navy and served in the Pacific during WWII. He served as a boiler mechanic on an LSM ship. After his discharge, George worked for the railroad as an electrician and also worked at a local power plant. In the 1960s, he turned his attention to car mechanics and opened multiple filling stations around Belleville. As an avid golfer, George decided to invest into Yorktown Golf Course, where he eventually became the Greens Superintendent for many years. George spent much of his free time golfing with different groups and leagues. He played in the men’s and couple’s leagues at Yorktown and also orchestrated a Sunday golf group with a large group of friends. George was a true entertainer. Whether it was playing golf, hosting card games, singing, dancing, or putting on shows, George just loved to be with people having a good time. He was loved by many and will truly be missed.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Clara; his wife of 59 years, Loraine; his son, George “Butch” Lewis Jr; and two daughters, Kay Kalotek and Gale Lewis.

Surviving are his daughters, Clara McClure and Susanne (Lou) Colone;
a daughter-in-law, Ann Lewis;
grandchildren, Ashley (Andrew) Langenstein, Rachel (Zac) Choate,
Clay Lewis, Cole Lewis, Tricia (Jay) Lindley, Chris (Jessica) Curtis,
Leah Baker, Michelle Douglas, and Jason McClure;
and great-grandchildren, Devin Compton, Victoria, Grace, and Elias Langenstein,
Addison (Eric) Grubbs, Canyon (Savannah) Smith, Mazdyn Douglas,
Myah and Madison Lindley, Caroline, Julie, and Cameron Curtis,
and Sydney, Dane, and Sophie Daniel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to S.A.V.E. (St Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises), 3001 Save Rd, Belleville, IL 62221. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2019, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Christopher Curtis officiating.

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


10 Comments on George Lewis

Maryanne Harris said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2021 at 8:33 AM

I'm a bit late. GEORGE Lewis was a very special person, always smiling, full of fun, playing golf at Yorktown. and his patience of teaching me how to play golf. You are truly Blessed

  • Massachusetts
Nancy Jones said : Guest Report Oct 29, 2019 at 3:44 PM

My dad, Russell E. Jones, who died in 2014, was a dear friend of Mr. Lewis from their Union Electric days. I am sorry to learn of his passing. I talked to him by phone years ago in the hope of getting him and my dad together for a visit. I'm sorry the visit didn't happen, but I enjoyed talking with Mr. Lewis and hearing stories about my dad and mom, Betty Jones, in the good old days.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Bonnie Lewis said : Guest Report Jun 29, 2019 at 11:46 PM

George was a close friend of my father Calvin Isselhardt. They went on many trips together and had many memories having Dunkin’ Donuts with the group. My Dad misses his friend.

  • Novi
  • Mi
Barb Hohlt said : Guest Report Jun 27, 2019 at 3:42 PM

George Lewis was an incredible man! FUN was what George wanted everyone to have be it on the golf course or everyday life! Yorktown skits we the best! And what a golfer he was...especially with limited vision he could still beat you!! George also loved SAVE and did so much for residents and clients! God Bless You! Thanks for all the great times! Barb

  • Belleville
  • Il
Randi Leone and Jim Wescoat said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2019 at 1:33 AM

What a great guy! He will be missed by so many as he touched the lives of so many. Fond memories of Thursday night and Sunday golf leagues. Sorry for your loss.

  • Port Orange
  • FL
Jean Gromacki said : Guest Report Jun 25, 2019 at 1:34 PM

So sorry for your loss. So many fond memories of George at Yorktown!!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Eric Rhein said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2019 at 9:30 PM

George was a Prince and one of the finest men I ever knew. A true friend.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jack Anderson said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2019 at 9:24 PM

The Lewis family were our neighbors and we shared many good times. My life was the better having shared time with and known them. I am deeply sorrowed with George’s passing, as he was the last member of the family from his union with his wife Loraine. I find solace that the Lewis family is once again all together in heaven. God Bless.

  • Rantoul
  • IL
Nancy Peterson said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2019 at 9:06 PM

Dear Lewis family , Sending my condolences and love . What a wonderful tribute to Mr. Lewis . Cherish the memories ... I know you will .

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary & Dale Conway said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2019 at 8:44 PM

So very sorry for your loss.

  • Louisburg
  • NC

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