Fred Lewis went home to be with his Savior on the evening of March 6th, 2019.
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Fred was born to Clare and Arvena Lewis on December 6th, 1932. He grew up in the Orangeville area where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Charline (Armintrout) Lewis on August 11, 1951. They had three children, Gene Lewis, Clarene (Lewis) Zantjer, and Deborah Lewis whom they raised with faith and love. Eventually Fred and Charline also became grandparents to Rick Tinsley, Nathan Tinsley, Jason Tinsley, Ashley Tinsley, and Rebecca Zantjer and great-grandparents to Hunter Tinsley, Gunner Tinsley, Jhonna Tinsley, and Sawyer Tinsley.
Fred had a distinctive sense of humor and loved pulling a good prank. His main hobbies— in addition to fishing, auctioneering, and playing cards — were being a humorous nuisance to his wife, entertaining his friends and family with close-call stunts, and bringing laughter into the lives of those around him. Fred was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather— always making time to tell stories, teach life lessons, and be present in their lives. He was also a caring friend who never hesitated to drop what he was doing and sacrifice from his own means to help whoever was in need.
But more than fishing and laughing and getting good deals, Fred loved Jesus Christ. When he was a teenager, Fred realized that he was not a perfect man and needed someone to make him right with his holy Creator. He heard the message that God had come to earth in human form as a man named Jesus, who then lived the perfect life Fred could not and traded places with him on the cross. Fred accepted Jesus’ offer of salvation and lived the rest of his life in gratitude and expectation of thanking Jesus face-to-face someday. Even as his physical health continuously faltered and failed, Fred had a spirit of thankfulness and optimism. He knew that “the sufferings of this present time were not worth comparing with the glory that would be revealed” when his life here ended and his better life with Jesus began.
For these reasons, Fred’s departure this week was a joyful time for those who loved him. Fred went into eternity surrounded by family and friends who are grateful that his long time of suffering has ended. His family knows that being with Jesus was the desire of his heart and they are thankful that God finally brought him home.
Fred is preceded in death by his wife, Charline, and his grandson, Nathan Tinsley— as well as many other family members and friends. Fred is survived by his children, remaining grandchildren, and brother Bob Lewis. Services will be held at Orangeville Baptist Church on Monday, March 11th, 2019, visitation will be at 10:00am with the funeral service beginning at 11:00am. A luncheon will immediately follow the service, with burial to take place at Oak Hill Cemetery. Everyone is welcome to come share stories (laughter guaranteed) and celebrate the life and home-going of a dear friend. In lieu of gifts, Fred’s family requests donations be made to Orangeville Baptist Church— the church that Fred served and loved for over 60 years. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Fred’s family.