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Charles W. Lewis

Charles W. Lewis, 98, of Cavalier, ND passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND . Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cavalier Presbyterian Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Burial was held in the Cavalier Cemetery.
Charles was born December 15, 1917 at Milnor, ND to Edmund and Harriet (Woodruff) Lewis. He grew up at Milnor and graduated from Milnor High School, where he enjoyed athletics. Throughout his entire life he liked watching sports. Chuck attended and graduated from Mayville Teachers College. From 1942 to 1946, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Chuck married Vergil V. Rickbeil at San Francisco, CA. on June 28, 1943.
Chuck taught band and senior government at Cavalier Public School and was also the senior class advisor. In May of 1980, Chuck retired from teaching. He then began working as a custodian at the Cavalier Presbyterian Church.
He enjoyed playing in a dance band, singing in the church choir in his earlier years and woodworking. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids, and loved his dogs.
Survivors include his daughters: Sherry (Francis) Busse, Cavalier, ND, Janelle (Tim) Kessler, Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: James (Sally), Charlie (Danita), Danny (Kayla), Joey Busse (Brittany Brevik), Janelle Zorn; Jeremy, Drew (Annie), Caitlyn Kessler; great-grandchildren: James and Jorja; Austin and Kaiden; Sydney, Lucas, Landon, and Levi; Isabella, Kyra, and Addison; niece, Virginia Anderson; nephew, Bruce Mund.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Vergil; son, Ward; sisters: Fidelia, Winnifred, and Eleanor.
Online guestbook at www.askewfuneralhome.com

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My memories of Mr.Lewis are THE BEST!! I had the utmost respect for him and of course, band was my favorite class! He gave each and every one of us the best he could and we are forever thankful for that. God Bless You Mr. Lewis. I will always remember you.

Kerry Gauffin Jan 10 2021 12:00 AM

I always have fond memories of your dad. He was a great band teacher and was always fair. I always had respect for him because of that.

Susan Nelson Mar 24 2016 12:00 AM

We are deeply saddened by the news of Charles passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Oliver, Michael, Mark and Jack Gregory

Gregory Ford Inc. Mar 23 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, it was one of the regrets of my life, that I never went out for band and gotten to know him better. Kirby

Kirby K. Brandhagen Mar 23 2016 12:00 AM

My first introduction to the Cavalier band was standing on the street corners of Main Street and getting to hold someone's music. From 5th grade thru 12th I got to enjoy Mr Lewis's enthusiasm for music. He was a great teacher, mentor, and truly a gentleman. He will be missed by many.

Shelly Staples Kain Mar 22 2016 12:00 AM

Mr. Lewis was a favorite teacher to many of us. His dedication and patience were remarkable. His love for music and encouraging us to do our best while making it fun are my memories. The street corner and park concerts and warm day parades stand out in my memories. My sympathy to his loving family. You are in my prayers.

Judy Dietrich Mar 22 2016 12:00 AM

Janelle Sherry and family: Cavalier School and community has lost a man who had the respect of all band members and students even talking to Mr. Lewis at the post office or on the street I still greeted him as Mr. Lewis..deepest sympathy

Rodger Hartz Mar 22 2016 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Lewis family. I have wonderful memories of Mr. Lewis, your father and grandfather. His love of music was infectious. I have such fond memories of our high school band days (playing on the Cavalier street corners on Saturday nights, the parades, etc.

Karen Robinson Mar 22 2016 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family. Mr. Lewis was a most remarkable man. With patience and dedication, he gave his students the gift of music and helped us appreciate all genres. Even after all these years when I hear a "big band" song, I think of him fondly. Mr. Lewis - you were and always will be my favorite teacher. Rest in Peace....

Michelle (DeMars) Mahar Mar 22 2016 12:00 AM

To Janelle and Sherry, Your dad is one of those teachers I will always think of with love and respect. God bless you with many happy memories. SIncerely, Carol

Carol Clark Kivimagi Mar 21 2016 12:00 AM

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