The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

PAT L. LEWIS

 

October 7, 2020



Pat L. Lewis peacefully passed away on Sunday, September 27th, 2020 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls. Pat fought a long hard battle with heart problems, diabetes, and in the end, cancer. He blessed his parents Bob and Ruby Lewis of WA on April 16, 1947. As a child, Pat was a free spirit and full of a lot of mischief. He joined the army in 1965 at the age of 18 and was honorably discharged in 1971. In those 6 years of service, he became an Army Sargent and served in the Vietnam war. When he returned home he spent a lot of time with his sister Barbara Johnson's family. Not too many years later he formed a parental bond with a sweet girl named Kami Walrat. Kami has fond memories of him playing cops and robbers with her and all the neighborhood kids when she was young. She also enjoyed his cooking very much. He worked and retired from the Simpson Paper Plant where he got to be a kid at heart and operated a bulldozer pushing woodchips to the mill. He spent a lot of time through the years with his nieces and nephews. He loved children and their flair for life. This eventually is how he landed in Whitehall to retire by his nephew Eric Johnson and his family. Pat feeling a bit bored in retirement joined his nephew at his job with the Town and Whitehall. He had a special place in his heart for mowing and caretaking the veteran's section of the cemetery. In 2006 he made his lifelong commitment to adopting his true best friend Susie. Susie went everywhere with him. She was an amazing pup and companion. Through his years in Whitehall, he spent a lot of time with Eric and his family camping, fishing, family vacations, teaching his great-nephew Tanner Johnson how to hunt, 4 wheeling, and many many other activities. He was best known in Whitehall for woodworking skills. Everyone knew him as Uncle Pat. His birdhouses were exquisite. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Linda, and brother Bob and his best friend Susie. He is survived by his sisters Barbara Johnson of Washington and Carol Deffley of Rhode Island. His nephew's Eric and Larry Johnson, his niece Kari Drozd and many other nieces and nephews. Uncle Pat's services will be held on October 9 at 2 p.m. in the Whitehall Cemetery Veterans Section.

 

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