January 28, 2021
Robert Harold “Bob” Lewis, age 70, a life resident of Marysville, died Thursday, January 28, 2021 at The Ohio State University Medical Center following complications after surgery.
An entrepreneur, patriot, community leader and staunch supporter of those in need, Bob, his wife, Nancy and two sons, Benny and Nate, built, owned and operated Timberview Golf Club since 1989. Bob was known as a superb cook and enjoyed furnishing untold numbers of meals his entire life for parties, celebrations, reunions and to those in need.
Bob was a longtime associate of his family’s business, Ray Lewis and Son, a zinc die-casting factory which specialized in plumbing products. The company began in the late 1940’s by his grandfather, Ray Harold Lewis, Sr. and his father, Ray Harold Lewis, Jr. Bob began his career at the family business as a youngster where he took charge of making sure the vending machines at the facility were filled with refreshments and snacks. During his 30’s, Bob was named vice-president in charge of administration for the Ray Lewis company.
An elementary student at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran School, Bob was a 1968 graduate of Marysville High School and attended Ohio Northern University. He grew up in St. John’s Lutheran Church and was a past member of First English Lutheran Church where he served on the board. As a youth, he and his family often took fishing trips to Lake Erie and Key West, where he acquired an admiration for fishing, boating and the outdoors. For many years, he and his family operated “Amorous Fleet,” three day-charter fishing boats in the Florida Keys.
Bob was a strong supporter of the United States military. His family furnished meals each year for the U.S. Marine Corps birthday and provided free rounds of golf at Timberview to veterans, first responders and military personnel on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day. He also contributed funds to rehabilitate the American Legion Post 79 building in Marysville.
For many years with the help of family and Timberview friends, Bob provided free dinners to those in need and for high school sports teams and residents of Memorial Gables. Bob also helped generate thousands of dollars to the Community Care Train with annual donations and golf club memberships. Bob was past president of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce and a past board member of MidOhio Corporation, U-Co Industries, BancOhio, the Union County YMCA, the Dana Morey Foundation, the Union County Foundation and Marysville Housing. Bob was active with the All-Ohio Balloon Rally and Air Show, the Marysville Lions Club, the Union County Republican Central Committee, the Union County Humane Society and The Ohio State University President’s Club. He was a member of the Marysville architectural review board, the Marysville charter review committee, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 1130 and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1651.
Bob and his family provided yearly scholarships for Ohio Hi-Point students and supported the Marysville Junior Baseball Association. Bob and his family also donated the old MHS football field, now known as Ray Lewis Park, to the City of Marysville and gave real estate to the Morey Foundation and Windsor Manor and contributed land for the constructions of Marysville Mobile Home Park, the Union County YMCA, the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Harold Lewis School. Bob also gave access for meeting space for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings for many years.
Bob will be remembered for his never-ending spirit of giving, his hospitality in hosting many reasons to celebrate and his intense love for his family and dear friends. His generosity and the goodwill of his predecessors will continue to benefit the residents of Marysville and Union County for generations. Bob once wrote in his goodbye notations that his biggest regret in life would be “not being able to attend my own wake!”
Born May 15, 1950 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Ray Harold and Ada Eickemeyer Lewis Jr., Bob was also preceded in death by his father-and mother-in-law Jack and Anna Jean Scott. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy K. Scott Lewis whom he married November 27, 1970 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; two sons, Benjamin Ray Lewis and Nathan Lewis, both of Marysville; four grandchildren, Brayden, Brody, Kaya and Avya; his brother, Charles (Mary) Lewis of Marysville; his sister-in-law, Jerralyn (Brian) Wood; his nieces, Tessa and Aubree Lewis and Lisa Jordan; his nephew, Brendan Wood; and many others, including his Timberview family and friends.
The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Underwood Funeral Home where a memorial gathering to celebrate Bob’s life will be held at 4 p.m. COVID precautions will be practiced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities or to DAV Disabled American Veterans. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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