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Ralph Ellison Lewis

December 17, 1944 — December 9, 2023

Ralph Ellison Lewis, known fondly as Ralph to his friends and family, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2023, in Anderson, South Carolina. Born on December 17, 1944, in Des Moines, Iowa, Ralph's journey through life was marked by dedication, love, and a spirited sense of adventure.

A devoted family man, Ralph is survived by his beloved spouse, Kathy Elizabeth Lewis, with whom he shared a lifetime of cherished moments. And his children Todd, Travis, Tim and their families. Ralph's joy was multiplied by his twelve grandchildren, Addisdon, Nick, Ned, Harlow, Noah, Camerson, Ellie, Jessup, Kelsey, Oaklee, Grace, and Natalie, all of whom brought immense happiness and pride to his life.

Ralph's career spanned 28 years as a manager at General Dynamics, where he was known for his analytical mind and handy skills. His colleagues respected him for his work ethic and his ability to solve complex problems with ease. Ralph's dedication to his work was paralleled by his commitment to his country, having honorably served in the United States Coast Guard, a period of his life he recalled with pride and reverence.

Beyond his professional life, Ralph was a man of faith and a devoted Christian. He found solace and strength in his beliefs, which guided him through the trials and triumphs of life. His interests were a reflection of a man who loved the simple pleasures. Fishing was a pastime that allowed Ralph to bask in the tranquility of nature, a hobby he often indulged in with a heart full of peace.

Most of all, Ralph was a man who cherished time spent hanging out with his family. His home was a hub of laughter, storytelling, and love. The memories created during family gatherings, holidays, and everyday moments are those that his family will hold dear as they remember a life well-lived.

Those who knew Ralph would describe him as an analytical thinker, a trait that was evident in every aspect of his life. He approached challenges with a clear head and a strategic mind, whether it was in his professional endeavors, a complex fishing technique, or mastering the art of gambling.

Ralph was also incredibly handy, a skill that he took great pride in. His ability to fix, build, and create was not just a talent, but a way of showing love and care for his family. There was never a task too small or a project too big for Ralph to tackle, and his handiwork remains as a testament to his skill and dedication.

Ralph Ellison Lewis lived a full and meaningful life. His presence was a gift to those who knew him, and his absence will be deeply felt. As we bid farewell to a remarkable man, we take comfort in the knowledge that his spirit lives on through the rich tapestry of memories he leaves behind. Ralph's life was a testament to the enduring power of love, the strength of family, and the beauty of a life well-lived. He will be dearly missed, but his legacy will continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to know him.

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