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Mr. Dewey Kenneth Lewis Jr., 89, of Middleton, beloved husband of the late Georgia (Dresios) Lewis, died Sunday, November 19, 2017 at his home.
Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Dewey K. Sr. and Gertrude F. (Perkins) Lewis. He was raised and educated in Danvers and was a graduate of the former Holten High School. During High School he was a member of the Lewis Boys Band and entertained many on the North Shore. He continued his education at Everett Jr. College in Everett, Washington. He continued his education at the Progressive School of Photography in West Haven, Connecticut.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II in the North Atlantic and Pacific aboard Naval Destroyers. While in the Navy he was also a musical performer in the USO band and toured the west coast performing.
For many years, Mr. Lewis had been employed as a truck driver with Munroe-Arnold, G.T.E. Sylvania, Beacon/Roadway and Seaboard Products until the time of his retirement. He was the founder and proprietor of the Ken Lewis Photography Studio in Danvers for many years.
A resident of the of the Town of Middleton since 1953, Ken was a long-time active member and Deacon of the Middleton Congregational Church and the church choir. He was a member of the American Legion Post 227 in Middleton, and the V.F.W. Post 2359 of Danvers. He was very proud of his service to his country.
Ken was artistically gifted and enjoyed sharing his talents with others. From music to art and photography he was blessed with a keen eye for detail and a steady voice for song. He had a deep passion for music and was an accomplished guitarist and tenor sax player. He was a member of the 2 Plus 2 band which toured all over Massachusetts performing for audiences big and small.
Music was in his soul and heart. He supported his son in many ways, especially in the success of Mixed Emotions Recording Studio in Middleton. He was a member of the American Legion Band of Rockport, the Wakefield Retired Men’s Band and the Harvard Summer Band. He passed his love of music on to his family. He had many canine and feline companions over the years. Animals had a special place in his heart. If you knew Dewey, you loved him. He was always ready to greet you with a kind word, smile or tune to cheer you up. He was dedicated to his wife and family and will be missed deeply. Heaven has gained a new and talented member of the Celestial choir above. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Dewey is survived by his son, Kenneth F. Lewis and his wife Alice of Danvers, his sisters, Ruth V. Lilja of Danvers and Margaret E. Levine and her husband, Mark of Randolph and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert W. Lewis.
His funeral service will be held in the Middleton Congregational Church, 66 Maple St., Middleton, Monday, Nov. 27th at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton. Visiting hours in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Sunday, Nov. 26th from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Ken’s memory to the Middleton Congregational Church, 66 Maple St., Middleton, MA 01949. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on  November 22, 2017
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