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Obituary: Lewis, Duane

Age 87

LEWIS, Duane 2/7/1926 - 1/27/2013 Duane Lewis passed away on January 27, 2013 in Spokane, WA. Duane was born on February 7, 1926 in Marietta, Washington to William and Evelyn Lewis. Duane graduated from Bellingham High School, attended Washington State University and graduated with a degree in Wild Life Management. After graduating high school Duane was drafted into the US Army Air Corps and served his country from 1944 through 1946. In 1952 he was hired on with the US Department of Agriculture as a soil conservation specialist working in Okanogan, Goldendale and eventually settling in Ephrata, Washington in 1968. Duane retired in 1979 and then worked as a consultant for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources until 1982. He married the love of his life, Raynell Kutil, on November 18, 1950 in Wenatchee, Washington and they had two children. Duane had a love for music, singing in college productions, barbershop quartets and the church choir. He particularly enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling to different countries. Duane also volunteered at the local Ephrata elementary schools helping students improve their reading skills and was a member of the Ephrata Kiwanis Club for 35 years. Duane was a caring, loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He is survived by Raynell, his beloved wife of 62 years, his children, Mark Lewis of Hoquiam, WA and Nancy Lewis of Spokane Valley, WA., two grandchildren, Stephanie Lewis of Calabasas, California and Alisha Lewis in Los Angeles, California, and a sister, Billie Adams of Deer Park, Washington. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Evelyn and his sister, June. A Memorial Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Ephrata Methodist Church, 117 C St. NW in Ephrata, WA. A private family Interment at the Ephrata City Cemetery will take place on Friday, February 1, 2013. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Ephrata Methodist Church, 117 C. ST. N.W., Ephrata, WA. 98823 or to the Ephrata Kiwanis Club, PO Box 451, Ephrata, WA. 98823.