Lewis Carl Stark was born February 16, 1932 in Newton, KS. He met Jesus and had his sight restored on February 7, 2022.
He was the son of Gus and Ella (Reiss) of Newton. Lewis was a life-long member of Newton Nazarene Church. He gave his life to Jesus at the age of 33. He loved to share his faith and if anyone had doubts about where they were spending eternity he would share John 14:6 and urge them to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. His life of service included foster care, driving the church bus for 22 years, transporting foster children and medical transports. On some days he would drive as many as 500 miles. It was on one of those trips that he began having vision problems. He lost his eyesight on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the age of 79.
Lewis or “Lewie” as he was known to his coworkers, retired as Supervisor from Cessna Wallace after more than 45 years of dedicated service. He loved to take road trips and traveled extensively, visiting almost all 50 states. His competitive nature came out in late night card games but it was tempered by his great sense of humor. Lewis loved a good clean joke, funny quotes, singing hymns at the top of his lungs, and “watching the grass grow”.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith (Moyer), sister Ruth Ann (Dennis) Goecks, sister Norma Jean Gooch, daughters LaRita (Gene) Schandorff, Jo (Rocky) Lamar, Mary (Chris) Swan, and sons Brian (Carisa) Stark, James Stark. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren whom he also loved dearly and prayed for daily.
Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Arnold and his sister Ruby.
The family is very grateful to the dedicated and loving staff of the Home Health and Hospice for their in-home health care and hospice care!
Visitation will be held at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, Kansas on Feb. 14 from 5:00-9:00 PM. Celebration of Life service is Feb. 15 at 10:00 AM at Newton Nazarene Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to any of the following: Kansas Foster Care, Newton Nazarene Church, or MidAmerica Nazarene University Coach Rocky Lamar Basketball Camp Scholarship
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What a godly life he lived and now has his eyesight again to see the face of Jesus!
Our sympathies and prayers to the family.
I remember so many good times with Uncle Lewis and the family. We have to say goodbye for now to a great husband, father, uncle and friend but Jesus is saying “Hello and job well done” to a wonderful man! How exciting it must be to see Jesus!! We are praying for your family.
Lew became a member of my extended family when he married my Aunt Judy. Over these many years my contact with Lew and Judy has been limited to brief periodic visits. Our visit last summer was the most extended and personal that I recall. His ability for specific recall of past events was simply amazing. Lew exemplified the wisdom of the man who was quick to listen and slow to speak. I will remember Lew as a gentle, humble man, strong in spirit and faith. The family is in our thoughts and prayers today.
What a Grand Celebration in Heaven on February 7th! Lew was a wonderful friend of my dad and mom for many years, and when I moved “back home” to Newton in 2014 I was honored to become good friends with Lew. I loved his smile and laughter and our conversations. I loved Lew and will miss him so much but I’m filled with joy and happiness knowing he is SEEING his beloved Saviour Jesus face-to-face!