Dean Lewis

Posted 5/26/20

PERU – Dean Lewis, 84, of Peru, died May 19, 2020 at his home.

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Dean Lewis


PERU – Dean Lewis, 84, of Peru, died May 19, 2020 at his home.

Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be a later date. Burgess Funeral Home in LaSalle is in charge of arrangements.

Dean was born July 14, 1935 in LaMoille to Harold and Maude (Maloy) Lewis. He married Lupe Cruz on Nov. 26, 1994 in LaMoille.

Survivors include his wife of Peru; two daughters, Gloria Lewis of Joliet and Denise (Jeremy) Wisdom of Othello, Wash.; one son, Steve (Tylene) Lewis of Peru; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Doug (Elise) Kiser of Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Shelia Jagodzinski on July 10, 1997; three brothers, John Kiser and John and Lee Lewis; and two sisters, Helen Hamilton and Linda Sprowls.

Dean graduated from Mendota High School in 1953 and maintained many friendships from his graduating class. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1953-1957 and was a Seabee in the construction Battalion 3; Builder 2nd class. He was a carpenter his whole life. Early in his career, he worked with various carpenters in the Mendota area and then formed a business partnership with Ray Motter. Dean’s final business partnership was with his son, Steve, which he proudly named Lewis & Son. Dean formed many friendships with the people he did work for. After his retirement, he enjoyed fishing, traveling, building his backyard pond and caring for the fish, along with raising and releasing butterflies in memory of those who went before him. His final days were filled with many visitors, lots of love, and a very special blessing from his great-niece, Maria Bonine.

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