1926 – 2016

AUGUSTA — Lewis “Lew” E. Flewelling, 90, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Sunday, May 1, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Augusta.

He was born Feb. 10, 1926, in Cornville to parents Otto and Evelyn (Smith) Flewelling. He attended Cornville Elementary School and graduated from Skowhegan High School, class of 1944. Shortly after graduation, he left for basic training at Fort Dix. He served in the 124th Armored Division as a staff sargent. He received his Purple Heart for being wounded in Wurzburg, Germany, April 1, 1945.

He returned home in June 1946 and married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Thomas, on July 21, 1946 at Ruth’s parents’ home. They resided in Skowhegan, where he worked for Hunt’s Dairy delivering milk, until moving to Mt. Vernon in 1964, where they owned Lew’s Country Store. After selling the store in 1979, Lewis worked at Hussey Hardware in Augusta.

In his retirement years, Lewis and Ruth enjoyed many winters in Ladylake, Fla. He also enjoyed camping and spending time at Kingsbury Pond. But one of his greatest joys was spending time with his family and helping other people.

Lewis was recognized for being a 50-year member of the Masons and a member of Grange for 75 years. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.

Lewis is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth of Mt. Vernon; sister, Thelma Pooler of Skowhegan; son, William and his wife, Pat Flewelling, of Leeds; daughter, Millie and her husband, Waine Whitter, of Vienna; daughter, Lisa Crowell and partner, Bill Elliott, of Wayne; and son, Jeffrey and his wife, Nancy Flewelling, of Augusta; eight granddaughters, Lidie Whittier Robbins and husband, Josh, Addie Whittier Michaud and husband, Alfie, Shannon Crowell Cote and husband, Jason, Kate Flewelling, Anna Flewelling Watson and husband, Tony, Krystle Flewelling Blaisdell and husband, RJ, Mikaela Flewelling, and Julie Crowell Anderson and husband, Chris; and ten great-grandchildren, Brynne Robbins, Saige, Leah and Faith Michaud, Ayla and Callen Cote, Alexandra, Angus and Gwendolyn Watson, and Harper and Will Anderson.

Lewis was predeceased by his parents; brother­-in­-law, Willis Pooler; and son­-in­law, Wayne Crowell.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Maine Veterans’ Home for their wonderful care of Lewis these past seven months and to the Rev. and Mrs. Jay Wilson for their many visits.

Tributes and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

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