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Keith Ritchie "Big Lew" Lewis, 56, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland.
Born in Keyser, W.Va., on Dec. 2, 1960, he was the son of the late Phyllis (Ritchie) Lewis and the late Owen Lewis Jr.
He leaves behind his children, Trever Lewis and wife, Stephanie, of Oakland, Taryn Wascher and husband, Justin, of Inwood, W.Va., and Tyler Lewis of Westernport. He is also survived by his lifetime companion, Donna Hartman of Westernport; his grandchildren, Camden Lewis, Marissa and Kamryn Wascher, Atreyu and Ryder Lewis; his brothers, Steve Lewis and wife, Ellen, of Cumberland, Dave Lewis and wife, Carrie, of Westernport, Tim Lewis and wife, Nancy, of Clarksville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Keith was employed by Anchor Glass Factory for 17 years, OTS Construction, JT's Lounge, Marties Hot Dog Stand, and most recently was proprietor of Big Lew's Crusin Treats, which he dearly loved. He was a former member of the Jaycees, former commander of the Sons of the American Legion, and an avid sports fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Maryland Terrapins, and Baltimore Orioles. Keith was well known for his cooking skills and won numerous contests and chili cook offs, including a trip to Gov. Hogan's annual cookout last year. He organized many benefits and events including class reunions and Westernport Homefest. He loved his family, fishing, and all nature. Keith lived his life to the fullest with no fear. He had many good friends and never met a stranger.
Friends and family will be received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport, on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at Westernport Church of the Brethren on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Diane May officiating. Friends will be received at the church one hour prior to services.
Interment will be in St. Peters Cemetery, Westernport.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Westernport Church of the Brethren.
The family would like to express their thanks to the doctors and nurses at Western Maryland Regional Health System's Cardiovascular Unit for the wonderful care given to him and also to Potomac Valley Hospital/WVU Medicine.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at boalfh.com.
Published on October 21, 2017
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