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Saturday April 10th, 2021

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Saturday April 10th, 2021

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John M. Lewis

John M. Lewis, age 80, of E. Third St., Bloomsburg died on March 18, 2021 during a brief stay at Geisinger Hospice at Maria Hall in Danville. His death came after an almost four-year battle with cancer.

Born in Carbondale on November 1, 1940, he was the son of the late John R. and Veronica (Ruane) Lewis. He graduated from Carbondale High School in 1959 and attended Bloomsburg State Teachers College. John honorably served his country during the Vietnam War as a member of the U. S. Navy from 1962 to 1966, serving for four years, three months and 28 days.

John held a variety of jobs throughout his life until two months before he passed. He and a childhood friend owned a hoagie shop in Bloomsburg. He lived in Lake Tahoe for a time where he tended bar at the CalNeva Lodge. “What a place to Live”, he said. He returned to Bloomsburg to tend bar at Russell’s Restaurant. Most recently, he owned and operated Columbia Distributors, a power cleaning and commercial soap sales business.

A friend commented on John’s amazing efforts over many years to help people recover and renew their lives. That effort began when he volunteered with the American Red Cross and was deployed twice to areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Further deployments found him in New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma and California.  He always had a bag packed and ready to leave on a moment’s notice. The Lewisburg Chapter honored him with their Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013.

He found some of his most rewarding experiences of his life when teaching driver training for other Red Cross volunteers. He served as the Red Cross representative to the Brighter Christmas Fund Board, primarily assisting with fire victims. In addition, John was a driver safety instructor with AARP and a member of the Columbia County Democratic Committee. He found great enjoyment serving as a volunteer at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble performances.

One of John’s favorite things was to spend time with his buddies. Most early mornings, he could be found having breakfast at The Bloomsburg Diner. The tradition began even years before at the Former Speer’s Restaurant.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Gretchen Ann Henz, on May 12, 2018.

John is survived by two sisters: Kathryn R., wife of Daniel A. Lostaglio and Mary Jane, wife of Stephen C. Laubach, all of Berwick; a brother Russell W. Lewis of Bloomsburg; a nephew and several nieces; and several other special children, some now grown. He is also survived by his partner of more than 30 years, Joan Mosier.  He thanks her for making him a better person.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg, with Rev. Dr. Gene Gordon, officiating. Interment will follow in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy. Military Honors will be performed by the U.S. Navy and the combined American Legion and VFW honor guard. Family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m.

Memorials may be sent to Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815.

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Many years ago I was fortunate to have worked for John and his father power washing cars and houses. He always spoke highly of Joanie. John always liked the opportunity to give someone who may have been misguided an opportunity to work. John always loved stopping off for breakfast or lunch maybe before or at break time. He would always treat and was a very generous man!! Over the years I have always tried to stay in contact with John reaching out to him from time to time. At the end of a work day a favorite quote of John and his father was "Home James and don't spare the horses." He will be missed!!

Paul Randell May 10 2021 12:00 AM

John was a tireless volunteer and a real asset to the community. We will miss him greatly as a neighbor and a friend. Our thoughts are with Joan and all of his family. May your memories bring you comfort. Bill Calhoun & Jill Carlson

Jill, Bill, Emily & Sam Apr 6 2021 12:00 AM

Joan, Russell and family: you are in my thoughts and prayers. The Red Cross was blessed to have such a dedicated volunteer who gave so much to so many. Rest in peace John

Rita Inklovich Callender Mar 27 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Lewis

John Wanich Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Joan and all of Johns Family. So sorry to read of Johns death. How blessed are all of us who benefitted from his goodness throughout the years. He has a special place in my memory of blessed days in Bloomsburg. Be assured of my love and prayers.

Father Chet Snyder Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Joan, Russell and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. John was a treasure and real asset to the community. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time
Deanna Pealer

Deanna Pealer Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM