Heaven is truly blessed to receive their most courageous, bravest and amazing husband, father, brother, uncle and friend on August 13, 2015. John Delbert Lewis 78, passed peacefully from our loving hands into the Lord’s at his home at Highpointe Apartments in Fargo, North Dakota.
The world was graced with the presence of John Delbert Lewis on June 23, 1937 when he was born into the world to Bertha and Nathan Lewis in Fargo, North Dakota. He was the last child of 3 children. Jack grew up and lived in Fargo surrounded by the love of his numerous uncles and aunts, grandparents, cousins and immediate family in the same block of Golden Ridge in Fargo. Jack attended school in Fargo, until the 10th grade and had to drop out from school to work to help gain money for his families welfare. He then met and married the love of his life Margaret Faith Lewis on June 27, 1958 and gave birth to three daughters, Julie, Jennifer and Kristie. During the first years of Jack and Faith’s marriage he served in the Air Guard for 6 years. Jack and Faith purchased their first home in the Golden Ridge Development in Fargo, North Dakota and went camping every weekend down at their lake lot at Poss’s Beach on Lake Lizzie in Minnesota. They lived in Fargo until 1978 when they found and bought their dream home in Pelican Rapids. They lived in Pelican until in 2001 when they had to let their beautiful home go as it was flooded by rising water. They then moved back to Fargo and were currently residing at HighPointe Apartments on Broadway.
Jack worked after dropping out from school at Lewis Brothers Sand and Gravel where he owned and operated 2 gravel trucks. After the company dispersed Jack then began working for Cass County Road Department on the Bridge and Maintenance Crew. He worked on the crew until he was promoted to a Heavy Equipment Operator which he worked for numerous years. Shortly after the moving to Pelican Rapids, he then began working for Kost Brothers in Glyndon, Minnesota for several years before returning back to the Cass County Road Department as a Heavy Equipment Operator the job he held until he retired.
Jack had a passion for life, a strong love of his family and his religion. Everyone who knew him loved him from the start with his strength, braveness and charm he was quick to make friends and was a strong presence to be on your side. He enjoyed racing his 3/4 midget car which he won numerous trophies, riding 4-wheeler, snowmobiling, fishing , camping, gardening, he enjoyed the upkeep of their dream home, and building and flying model airplanes. He collected coins, he also collected and built from scratch model airplanes and flew them.
Jack is survived by his 3 daughters, Julie (Duane) Severson, Pelican Rapids, Jennifer (Todd) Fiedler, Pelican Rapids, Kristie Lewis, Fargo. He was blessed with 3 grandchildren whom he loved with all of his heart, Jordan Severson, Fargo, Faith and Jackson Fielder, Pelican Rapids. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by the love of his life Margaret Faith Lewis, his parents Bertha Holmes and Nathan Lewis, his sister Donna Rae Carlton, his brother Lawerence “Snoose” Lewis, his sister in law Janice Lewis and Karen Henning, his mother and father in law John and Alice Baumgardner, and numerous Aunts and Uncles.
Funeral mass will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo at 9:00 a.m. on August 15, 2015 and final resting place will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.