William R. Lewis
William R. Lewis
  • September 23, 1920 - December 8, 2014
  • Tempe, Arizona

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Bill Lewis was born in a farmhouse near Osceola, Iowa on September 23, 1920. He was the third of four children born to Ray and Pearle (Paul) Lewis. He passed quietly in his sleep on December 8, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona.

Bill served in World War II as a combat military policeman in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy where he received the Bronze Star. He was the last known living survivor of the celebrated 202nd Military Police Company, and in 2010 he wrote his memoirs of those events in his book GI Blue.

After the war, Bill utilized the GI Bill to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Drake University in 1949, and in 1951 he received his M.A. degree from Arizona State College (now ASU). He was a charter member and past president of te Arizona Watercolor Association and taught art to many gifted students at South Mountain High School in Phoenix where he also served as chairman of the art department for most of his 33 years there.

Bill became "one of Arizona's most reliable and productive professional artists," an accomplished watercolorist who exibited in major art shows from coast to coast. His watercolors are represented in the permanent collections of major banks, colleges, civic organizations, and celebrities.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jody (Marian Joan); his four sons: Steven (Helen), Robert, Don (Natalie), and Doug (Coleen). He has four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his younger brother Dwight Lewis lives in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

There will be a Celebration of Life, Sunday January 11, 2014 1:00 pm at Carr-Tenney Mortuary 2621 South Rural Road Tempe, Arizona