Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Obituary - George Gregory Lewis, Jr.

George Gregory (Greg) Lewis, Jr., 81, of Peculiar, passed away on August 15, 2022.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, August 22, 2022 at Cullen Funeral Home, 612 W. Foxwood Dr. Raymore, Missouri. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 6:00 p.m.

Greg was born to George Gregory Lewis, Sr., and Edith Lewis, nee Woods, on September 9, 1940, in Independence, Missouri. His future mother-in-law was one of the delivery room nurses. He graduated from Sinking Springs High School in Ohio. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, Company B, First Battalion, serving from 1962 to 1965. He was a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, with a bachelor’s degree in education. He went on to receive his master’s and specialist’s degrees in education from Central Missouri State University.

Greg married his first (and only) wife, Mary Hahn, on June 11, 1966, in Independence, Missouri. They raised two daughters, settling in Peculiar, Missouri, where he was an educator and administrator in the Raymore-Peculiar School District for over 25 years. Greg spent most of his years at Raymore-Peculiar as the high school assistant principal. Upon moving to the junior high school, he found true joy in the students, finding their sense of humor on his level.

While working full-time in education, Greg founded Mid-America Athletics Sales and Reconditioning, with his friend Terry Santone, to recondition football equipment for high schools, colleges, and sometimes the NFL. After successfully building the business for over 10 years, they sold to Riddell, a leading manufacturer of football equipment.

When he retired from school administration and Mid-America, Greg worked for Coach USA. He enjoyed driving the short-lived trolly throughout Kansas City while telling dad jokes and introducing riders to the history of Kansas City. He later worked for Scholastic Books, delivering book fairs to schools throughout Kansas and Missouri until he finally retired from full-time employment in his early-70s.

Greg also believed in public service, serving multiple terms as both Mayor and alderman in Peculiar. He and his family enjoyed their reign as the “first family” of Peculiar. He also served on the School Board for one term, until as he put it - he had enough of that.

Greg is survived by Mary, his beloved wife of 56 years, his daughters Martha Patton (Eric) and Kathryn Lewis, adored grandchildren Jack and Andrew Patton, sister Judy Patton, his dogs, Honey and Sugar, and grand dogs Spencer, Bea, and Betty White. He is also survived by his nephews, Lew, Pete, and Mark Sessions, Geoff and Chris Pickering, and Jonathan Patton; and three nieces, Mary Jo Pickering Rogers, Carol Patton Toney, Sara Sessions.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents, sister (Alice Sessions, nee Lewis), his sister-in-law (Kathryn Pickering, nee Hahn) and brothers-in-law (Dr. Lee Pickering, William Sessions, and Phillip Patton). Also, preceding Greg in death are Louie (his childhood pet duck whose favorite place was inside his shirt), Pumpkin (the neighbor’s cat), Max (his beloved first-grand dog), the cats (Annie, Sally, and Tony) and Sophie aka $299 (a very special dog).

Greg was a life-long educator, who never stopped teaching his daughters, grandsons, nephews, nieces, and students, whether they liked it or not. He loved traveling with Mary, especially to a beach; animals, both his and those around him; collecting any manner of memorabilia; trains; his grandsons; and later in life, a good cigar.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Raymore-Peculiar Public-School Foundation. Donations can be made at raypecfoundation.com.

The family would like to thank the caretakers of Carnegie Village and Amedisys Hospice for the care they provided Greg.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

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