Dean A. Lewis, age 72, of Howard passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 with his family by his side. The son of the late Donald and Florence (Devroy) Lewis, he attended Annunciation Grade School and Green Bay West High School. He met the love of his life, Betty Armstrong, whom he married on June 19, 1965, at Annunciation Catholic Church. Dean served in the U.S. Navy Reserves for three years. He then loved driving truck for Red Owl and received many awards for safe driving. After Red Owl closed, he taught many new semi drivers as a "White Knuckled Driving Instructor" for Schneider Transport.
Dean enjoyed fishing with his family and friends. He loved four wheeling with his daughter and grandchildren and bow hunting. Dean had a passion for "putzing" in his garage; he could fix anything. Dean and Betty wintered in Texas for 11 years where Dean loved finding "good deals" at flea markets.
Dean is survived by his wife, Betty; three daughters, Sharla (Darrell) Filtz of Cedarburg, Annette (Joe) Wilmet of Howard, Merry (Steve) Scully of Green Bay; grandchildren, Zachary, Brianna, and Joshua Filtz; Nicole, Amanda and Becky Nowak; Dakota Dean Wilmet; Meghan (Craig) Nooyen; Stephanie and Grace Scully; his "bonus daughter" Rhonda Hill; godchildren, Julie Splawski, Ann Marie Schroepfer and Carrie Zakowski; two brothers, Marvin (Shirley) Lewis, Dale (Kathy) Lewis; his sister Barb Lewis; sister-in-law, Pat Denissen; former son-in-law, Dave Nowak; his life-long friend Tim O'Neil, and his four-legged friends, Pepper and Buddy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Ralph and Gertie Armstrong, sister and brother-in-law, Shirley (Ken) Derpinghaus; brother-in-law, Don Denissen; and good friend, Dick Van.
Visitation for Dean will be held on Sunday, December 18, at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. with a funeral service at 4 p.m. Entombment will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
Special thanks are extended to Dr. Rank for giving Dean and Betty an extra ten years together. He will be greatly loved and missed by his family.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2016