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November 23, 2020
** The funeral service will be streamed lived on Shawn’s Minter Facebook page.**
** Masks are optional for the visitation and service.**
Kermit James (K.J. Jim) Lewis, the son of Kermit Edward and Eathel Mae (Vaughn) Lewis, was born November 16, 1946 in Maryville, Missouri. K.J., as he was affectionately known, attended Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Missouri, graduating in 1964. On May 5, 1966, K.J. was drafted into the United State Army and served his country in the Vietnam Theatre. After receiving his honorable discharge on March 1, 1968, K.J. attended Northwest Missouri State University on the GI Bill and graduated with an Agricultural Business Bachelor of Science degree.
On August 9, 1979, K.J. was united in marriage to Chris (Perry) Hill in Rock Port, Missouri and they raised four children, Cory Hill, Jeremy Lewis, Marcie Hill, and Jill Lewis.
In the early 1970’s, K.J. was employed for over 20 years by the Bank of Atchison County as a Loan Officer. For a short time, he worked for the Maple Tree Financial Group as a Financial Advisor. In 1990, K.J. became the American Family Insurance Agent and graciously served his clientele in the Northwest Missouri area until retiring in 2017. K.J. passed away Monday, November 23, 2020, in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the age of 74.
K.J. was a dedicated member of the First Lutheran Church and the Church Council. He was a member of the Ralph Greer American Legion Post #49, Rock Port Volunteer Fire Department, Rock Port Telephone Company and Midwest Data Boards.
Besides his parents, K.J. was preceded in death by brothers, Larry Lewis, Garry (Mick) Lewis; brothers-in-law, Melvin Strough and Cecil Baker; nieces, Jerrie (Strough) Morton and Rhonda Baker. Survivors include, wife, Chris Lewis, Rock Port; children, Cory (Rae Lynne) Hill, Rock Port, Jeremy (Tiffany) Lewis, Mound City, Missouri, Marcie (Shelby) Joiner, St. Joseph, Missouri, and Jill (Ryan) Kingery, Fairfax; grandchildren, Summer Greenwalt, Isiah, Ty, Drew, and Ryan Joiner, Addison and Riley Lewis, Trenton, Kendall, Mason, and Brenna Kingery; siblings, Joyce Strough and Shilah Baker, Fairfax, Janice McNaughton, Bois D’Arc, Missouri, and Twyilla (Terry) Gibbons, Westboro, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M., Saturday, November 28, 2020, First Lutheran Church, Rock Port.
Interment: English Grove, Cemetery, Fairfax, Missouri.
Family Visitation: 6:00 – 7:00 P.M., Friday, Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.
Memorials: First Lutheran Church or Ralph Greer American Legion Post #49, Rock Port.
Arrangements: Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port