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Arthur Edward Lewis

Arthur Edward Lewis, Jr., 69, of Lancaster, passed away at his residence on Friday, January 10, 2020.  He was born December 1, 1950 in Columbus and was the son of the late Arthur Edward Lewis, Sr. and Thelma Mae Bradshaw.  Ed is a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War and was granted the privilege of reenlisting a day before his death. Ed was a 15 year member and Past Master of Ralph R. Rickly #670 F & AM., Canal Winchester, Scottish Rite, Valley of Columbus, current Senior Warden of Franklin County Memorial Lodge and American Legion.  He loved to restore cars and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

            He worked for Penn Central and Conrail prior to his 30-year career with AEP. During his time with AEP, Ed became a rail industry leader providing vocal and technical support to power generating companies moving coal by rail throughout the US. Ed fought to insure that private railcar operators were treated fairly by the railroads and the rules governing railcar operation. After retirement, Ed became a railroad consultant advising companies on railroad and equipment matters.  Ed built deep longstanding relationships and had the respect and admiration of his peers for his deep knowledge combined with a straightforward and honest demeanor in all business dealings.

            Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 50 years, Linda (Summers) Lewis; his children, Jennifer (Ronald) Hall of Bismarck, ND, Melanie Lewis of Lancaster and Jason Lewis of Lancaster; four grandchildren, Michael, Minyale, Daiton and Laney, aka Baby; one great grandson, Kai; sisters, Sharon Schumacher of Pickerington and Susan Mueller of Columbus; brother, Jeff (Donna) Lewis of Lancaster and many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by a dear friend, Jason West and his faithful 4-legged companion, Bella.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, M.L.

            Funeral services will be held at High Noon on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Frontline Church of God, 5195 Amanda Northern Rd., Amanda, Ohio 43102 with Chris Cahall officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow in Amanda Twp. Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the church where a Masonic Service will start at 8:00 P.M.

            The family would like contributions to The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Ed’s memory.


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I had the extreme pleasure and privilege to work with Art for several years at AEP while he helped us build a lucrative third-party rail car business. Art's knowledge and connections in this industry were unprecedented, and fundamental to our success. I learned so much from him in those few years, but mostly I admired his dedication and loving nature. I have nothing but fond memories of Art and will miss him dearly. The good Lord must have needed a top-notch conductor for his heavenly rail to call him home.

John Mazzone Jan 13 2020 12:00 AM

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Sharon Jan 13 2020 12:00 AM

I am terribly sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. We will be keeping the family in our prayers.

Heather ( Greiner) Rice Jan 13 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I pray that God be with you all during this time.

Reesie Jan 13 2020 12:00 AM

Art Lewis taught me a lot about railcar operations, maintenance, and inspections. More importantly, he was a good friend. Few people in life have the dedication, honesty, and integrity that he lived everyday. I will miss him, along with many other people,forthehelp he gave us. God bless his family and friends.

Glenn Reynolds Jan 13 2020 12:00 AM

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