STRUTHERS — Leroy “Lee” Lewis, 78, passed absent peacefully Thursday, June 18, 2021, at Briarfield at Ashley Circle in Austintown.
Lee was born Feb. 7, 1943, in Youngstown, and was a son of the late Everett R. and Sophie Kotick Lewis.
He graduated from Struthers Superior School in 1962 and attended Fort Scott Junior College, in which he was later recruited for soccer, transferring to the University of Miami in Florida in December 1964. Although enjoying for the Hurricanes, he gained All-Time Letterwinner honors, received the Most Useful Lineman Award in 1965 underneath head mentor Charlie Tate, and played in the Orange Bowl. Lee even now holds two defensive data in soccer for the Hurricanes.
Right after graduating from The College of Miami, Lee taught mechanical drawing at Struthers High School and also was an assistant defensive football coach beneath head coach Bob Cummings. Lee was devoted to Struthers Higher College and later on ongoing coaching along with of head coach John Santillo.
In 1974, Lee experienced a lifestyle-modifying, traumatic automobile incident, currently being strike head-on by an impaired driver. Health professionals knowledgeable his loved ones that Lee would not have lived if it wasn’t for his zest for daily life and how solid and healthy his system was. Owing to the toll exacted by the aftermath of the incident, Lee experienced to retire from educating.
Lee was an avid racquetball and handball participant and also a Struthers Large School Alumni Corridor of Fame inductee. He was an proprietor / operator of J&L Fuel Grills & Fireplace with his brother, Jim, and later of Lewis’ Grill and Fireplace Shoppe in Youngstown.
Lee is survived by his small children, Donald (Lina) Lewis of Canfield, Daniel Lewis of Poland, Denise (Dr. James) Collins of Arizona, and Douglas Lewis of Poland his former wife and mother of his small children, Sylvia Shobar Lewis of Poland his second spouse, Patricia Morell of Boardman his siblings, Cliff (Cathy) of Powell, Wilma Moody of Nevada, Shirley (Ron) Martin of Struthers, and Monica Geidner of Struthers five grandchildren, Christopher Lewis, Samantha Collins, Rachael Collins, Alexandra Collins, and Nanette Collins and lots of nieces and nephews.
A brother, James Lewis a sister, Hester Jane Kirner a sister-in-law, Joanne Lewis and brothers-in-law, Lou Moody and Milan Kirner, preceded Lee in demise.
Private providers will choose area right now, Friday, June 25, 2021, at Kinnick Funeral House, 477 N. Meridian Highway, Youngstown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may possibly be designed to the Struthers Gridiron Club in Lee’s title.
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