Thomas Edward Lewis, 83, of Lone Jack, MO, passed away on February 21, 2020. Tom was born on February 15, 1937, in Ray County, MO, to Thomas B. Lewis and Helen R. Carpenter. Although the doctor who attended his birth recorded his official time of birth before midnight on the 15th, his mother maintained it was after midnight. He celebrated his birth date on February 16th.
Shortly after his birth, his family moved back to northwest Nebraska, where he lived on the family farm until 1950, when they moved to Jackson County, MO, where he attended William Chrisman High School, graduating in 1954. It was at Chrisman that he met his future wife, Kathleen Kay Austin. They married on September 28, 1956, in Independence, MO, and had three daughters.
Tom retired from Belger Cartage in 2000, after 30 years as a truck driver. He was a heavy hauler. Typical loads were precast concrete and heavy machinery. He loved driving the big trucks and some of his favorite phrases were, “Hell, I could back a semi in there” and “I can put a semi places you can’t pack a steering wheel.” Even when not working he loved driving and always took the back way, making every trip to town a sightseeing trip. When asked where Dad was, the inevitable answer was, “He went to town…via Dallas.”
He was a quiet man who never raised his voice, loved his family, loved riding horses and loved Alaska. Tom and Kay moved to Lone Jack in 1989, so they could spend more time with their horses. After he retired he spent a summer driving around Alaska, staying in a camper he took with him. He always said that he fulfilled a lifelong dream with that trip.
Tom is survived by his wife, Kay Lewis, of the home; daughters, Alinda Miller (Kirby), Jacqueline Jacobson (Brent), and Jude Kensington, all of Lone Jack; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Stephen Lewis of Mesa, Arizona; and one sister, Clarice Stacker of Belton, Missouri; along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Helen Lewis, and one nephew, Paul Lewis.