Phillip “Ray” Lewis

May 22, 1962 ‒ March 27, 2016

Shiloh, Ohio

Phillip “Ray” Lewis passed away suddenly Sunday morning, March 27, 2016 in OhioHealth MedCentral Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 53.

He was born May 22, 1962 in Mansfield to parents Gordon Douglas Jr. and Chloie (Sparks) Lewis. After he graduated from Plymouth High School with the class of 1980, he proudly served his country by joining the US Army. Phil entered the service in 1983, where he was then stationed in Germany, and honorably discharged in 1986.

Hardworking, loyal, fun loving, and having a true love for his family and friends are what best describe the kind of person Phil was. The love that he carried for his family was indescribable and the hugs that he delivered will never be forgotten. Phil always said that his proudest moments were when he was surrounded by his children.

In spare time, he enjoyed riding his Harley, taking long rides with Tina, and reconnecting with his brother at H.O.G. Rallies. Phil also took pleasure in collecting antiques, and had a true eye for items that a normal person might not have seen value in. Phil most recently worked as the road supervisor for Butler Township, was a long time member of the Plymouth American Legion Post #447 and a H.O.G. member since 2004.

He is survived by his loving wife Tina Lewis of Shiloh, whom he married October 2, 2004; children Phillip R. (Jess) Lewis Jr., Barbara (Corey Fugitt) Lewis, Kristi (Josh) Davis, Jessica (Earl Lester) Lewis, Linsey (Wesley Barnett) Lewis, and Stephanie Lewis; grandchildren Patrick & Dakota Griefenstine, Joshua Jr. & Xander Davis, Jaelyn & Bryson Lewis, Paisley & Chloie Barnett; siblings Earl Douglas Lewis, Francene (Roger) Porter, and Becky (Chester) Ball; uncles Junior Bellomy, and Homer Sparks; special nephew Ryan Porter; numerous nieces and nephews, and special friends Jim & Deb Holloman.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents, brother Timothy Eugene Lewis and niece Tammy Hoover.

His family will receive friends 12-2 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 in the Finefrock Chapel Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral, with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Craig Stone will officiate and burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park with the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Squad performing military honors.

Contributions in his memory to Wounded Warrior Project may be made at the funeral home.

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  • we are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father barb our love and prayers to you and your family

  • I’m very sorry to hear of Ray’s death! Ray’s Mom and Dad were friends with my parents (Bill & Mag Blevins) and we visited quite often when we were growing up. Ray and Becky were like a brother and sister to me, it breaks my heart to hear of his passing. I pray that God will sooth your grief and give you comfort.

  • My deepest sympothy to the family of Ray. Ray was a neighbor of mine in Rome, Ohio. Ray also was in my graduating class of ’80. I have found memories of him. He loved to joke and hang out with his friends. I remember the times when I was able to go up to his house and we all would hang out in his back yard and when it started to get dark the bats would come out of the old school house that they lived in and I always wanted to go home and he told me that I didn’t have to be afraid of them.

    Unfortuantely we had lost touch after graduation and only spoken once since but he will never be forgotten.

    I pray that God will give you peace during this difficult time.

  • Tina and Linsay…I am so very sorry…my heart breaks for you all, know that you all are in our prayers…we love you and are here for you…friends from a far. ….

  • Ray’s Wife an Children an Grandchildren
    I will always miss him an I have such a void in my life at this time. Remember all the good times you all shared together. On rides we had taken he always checked on you all several times a day to know his family was ok. God I LOVED HIM SO MUCH an will miss those rides. So Ray Go Rest High on The Mountains. Keep the shine side up an when I ride you will always be with me. May God Bless an keep your Wife an Children Safe an warm.
    Love All of you

  • Tina,
    I always enjoyed our visits at the Lewis Family Reunions. Ray was so sweet to me and from the beginning always treated me as a part of the family. I know how much he loved you and his children and grandchildren just by his speaking of all of you.
    I will miss him at the reunion. I pray for peace thru Jesus for you and all of the family. May he rest in peace.

    Edith (Edye) Montgomery

  • I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a great person. God be with you all and comfort your hearts.

  • What a great guy.

    Rida and I are very fortunate to have been able to spend time at our family re-unions in Eastern Kentucky with Ray and Tina and Doug and their families. You could both see and sense the love Ray had for Tina and his pride in his family.

    I will always cherish a video clip that Rida took of us hootin’ and hollerin’ at a recent re-union there — as we did our rendition of a country classic. My other nephew, Mike Robinette, played guitar and was lead singer while Ray and Doug enthusiastically and loudly sang along. I did my part by tapping my feet to the beat of the music and urging our resident singers on. What a family classic.

    Our deepest sympathy to Tina and Ray’s immediate family members. Words can’t express our sorrow in Ray’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace Ray.

  • Words cannot explain the sadness in our hearts for your loss. Praying God holds you close and keeps you strong.

  • My family and I want to say how very sorry we are at Rays passing. I remember when he was born, all of us growing up together. I was so happy that he was able to buy the home place and be where he wanted to be. Words can’t express the sadness I feel for your passing. Prayers go out to the family may god watch and keep you, and may you find peace.
    Rita & Dave
    Clay &Pat Noble

  • So sorry about my cousin Ray’s untimely passing. May God be with the family during this time of sorrow and grief. Thinking of you all with love….Julia

  • I’m sorry Tina to hear about the passing of Ray! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tina and family.

  • I may not have known Phil for that long but what I did know is he loved his wife, his kids and his grandkids very much. I enjoyed watching him and Tina dance together or big Phil being silly with his granddaughter. He will be missed by many

  • Tina and family, I am so very sorry that you are going through this. I know it is hard for you. Just know that you are in my prayers and let me know if you need me.

  • i’am so sorry to hear of ray’s passing, he was a very good helper in high school to me when i was a janitor, I pray for comfort to the family, GOD bless each and everyone of you

  • March 30. 2016
    Barbara and I will remember Ray as someone who loved his Wife Tina his kids and his grandchildren very
    much. We will miss seeing Ray’s smiling face and infectious laugh at the Family Reunion in W. Va. Our deepest sympathy to all of Ray’s family and friends.
    Ray will be missed by everyone who knew him. Ray was a great person and will be remembered always by me and Barbara, his Aunt and Uncle from California.
    Great Guy

  • My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to all of you. I wish I could be there to offer any little bit of comfort but unfortunately will be unable to attend. All of you are always in my thoughts. Hugs and love always.

  • I can’t imagine the pain everyone is feeling right now and it’s so hard to believe he’s gone.. I love you all with all my heart and I’m deeply sorry that I cannot be there for you! Ray was an amazing man, and I considered him an uncle!! He will be missed by all! I love you all please let me know if you need anything at all!!!!!! I’m saddened that I will never see Ray again, it’s too soon for him! I love you uncle ray!!!

  • I am so sorry to hear of Phil passing. Phil delivered Pepperidge cookies to me down here in Beaumont Texas I did not know him that long but we hit off right from the start its like we new each other all of our life he had great stories of back home Great guy my prays go out to his wife and kids

  • Thoughts and prayers to the entire Lewis family in the sudden loss of Ray. May all of the wonderful memories keep you through the the sad days ahead.