On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Randall William Lewis was called into Eternal Rest. His earthly journey began when he was born to devoted and always supportive parents, Lyle and Marcella (Rechtzigel) Lewis on July 15, 1953.
Randy struggled most of his life with gradual loss of muscle strength due to a neuromuscular disorder, but his strength in perseverance and courage more than made up for the physical deficits he faced every day. He attended St. Olaf College where he completed his undergraduate studies. While attending the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Mo. where he attained his medical degree, he also fulfilled a lifelong passion and became a pilot. As an intern in a hospital in Wauwatosa, Wis., he met his future wife, Beth, a nurse. After marrying in 1983 they moved to northeast Wisconsin, founded and co-owned the Crivitz Medical Clinic, followed by FamilyCare Medical Clinic in Marinette a few years later. They were blessed with their long awaited and dearly loved son, Timothy in 1987.
Those who encountered Dr. Lewis knew him to be a compassionate and devoted physician who most would say "always took the time to listen". He treated all of his patients and everyone he met throughout his life with the utmost dignity and respect. Although his body continued to fail him, his faith, determination, and quick wit did not. When he was no longer able to practice medicine he retired and enrolled in law school to keep his mind sharp, stimulated and growing.
Randy is survived by his mother, Marcy Lewis of Seattle, Wash. who loved him so much; his loving and devoted wife of 30 years, Beth; his pride and joy, son Timothy (Christina Wolf) of Minneapolis, Minn.; and his dear brother and friend, Kirby Kallas-Lewis of Seattle, Wash. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Lucy (Andrew) Bartelt; nieces: Marybeth (Rommel) Sison, Allison (Scott) Parker, Amy (fiancé Alex Harrison) Bartelt; nephew, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis; and great-nieces: Madelyn and Elisabeth, whom he adored. Randy will be missed by his family and dear friends who were always there for him, as well as the puppy, "Archie". He was preceded in death by his father, Lyle E. Lewis, who was his close companion and fishing partner.
Beth and Tim welcome friends to call at an open house on Monday, April 14, 2014 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Beth and Randy's home, with a brief meditation by his brother-in-law, the Reverend Dr. Andrew Bartelt at the conclusion.
If you wish to memorialize Randy in a tangible way, please make a donation to Doctors Without Borders (doctorswithoutborders.org), or a charity of your choosing.
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