Funeral services with military honors for Gary R. Lewis, 75, of Gillette, Wyoming will be held on 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 6, 2023 at Family Life Church with Pastor Marty Crump officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Gary passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at Legacy Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his family after a short battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Gary Ray Lewis was born July 15, 1947 in Gillette, Wyoming the son of Paul and Myrtle (Moser) Lewis. He was raised and educated in Campbell County attending country school before moving on to high school, graduating in 1965 from Campbell County High School. He continued his education at Casper College, graduating with an associate’s degree in Agriculture. Upon his completion of his schooling, he and John Snead went to Denver and enlisted in the Army together. He trained at Fort Benning, Georgia to be a paratrooper. One rainy day he was asked to take a test and to get out of the weather he agreed. He passed with high honors and was selected to be a medic in the Special Forces. As a Green Beret Gary served from 1969 -1970 in Vietnam. Here he became a highly decorated soldier. After his tour he returned home to help his father on the family ranch. For 42 years he continued his service to his country by honoring fallen Service Members and Veterans as Drill Team Commander for American Legion Post 42.
Gary married Judy Farris on February 13, 1975 in Sedona, Arizona at a church in the Red Rocks. Together the couple made their home on their ranch raising their 2 children: Phil (Kristi) Lewis and Dena (Brian) Knox. Their ranch was his favorite place to be; he loved the cattle, land and the work.
Gary was an avid reader and was a great fan of CJ Box and enjoyed listening to old country music and learned to love classical music.
He will be missed by his wife of 48 years; children; 4 grandchildren: Jasmine, Wyatt, Lewis and Scott and 2 great-grandchildren: Payson and Valen; sister, Paula Lukehart and his favorite sister-in-law Betty (Jack) Roan as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; parents as well as several aunts and uncles.