Lewis E. “Lew” March, 80, of Eureka, passed away 9:40 a.m. Friday (Dec. 15, 2017) at his home.
He was born Feb. 3, 1937, in Carrington, N.D., to Charles L. and Maude (Goldsmith) March. He married Dorothy “Dodi” Wentz on Aug. 24, 1963, in Minnewaukan, N.D. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Jeffrey (Laura) March, Winnebago; Jason March, Lena; Julie (Sean) O’Brien, Chillicothe; one brother, Albert (Donna) March, Elizabethtown, Ky.; six grandchildren, Hannah and Hayden March, and John, Molly, Josephine and Sophia O’Brien; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Clifford, and two sisters, Helen Holth and Doris Keyser.
Lew served his country honorably for 37 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served overseas in Germany and was later deployed to serve in the Vietnam War as a combat engineer officer, earning the Bronze Star. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Nebraska and his master’s degree in business and human resources from Webster University in St. Louis.
Lew worked as operations director for Eureka College and at Northwoods Mall in Peoria, retiring in 2003. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Lew was very involved with Boy Scout Troop 57 and St. Luke's Catholic Church. He touched the lives of many and will be missed dearly.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, with a rosary from 3:45 to 4 PM. A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Luke's Catholic Church, Eureka. Father Eugene Radosevich will officiate. Visitation will be one-half hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Olio Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Catholic Church, Boy Scout Troop 57 or a local charity of your choice.
Tributes and condolences may be made at www.argoruestmanharris.com.