Walter H. Lewis, 85, of Champaign died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. He was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Fairmount, to Walter H. and Mildred (Stultz) Lewis. He married Mary Read on Dec. 24, 1950, in Bloomington. She survives in Champaign, along with two daughters, Dianne (Bernie) McNamara of Lexington and Jane Compton of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Austin (Tracy) McNamara of Bloomington, Cameron McNamara and Evan McNamara of Lexington, Jordan McNamara of Bloomington, Kelley (fiancé Brien Kinsella) NcNamara of Towanda and Preston McNamara of Colfax. Also surviving are a brother, Robert (Carline) Lewis of Wichita, Kan., and a daughter-in-law, Gina Lewis of Gilmer, Texas. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffry, in 2002, and two sisters, Margaret and Sara.
Private family inurnment will be in the Columbarium at Wesley Methodist Church, where he served on the building committee and was a member of the Men's Bible Study Group. A Celebration of Life will be held at Levis Faculty Center, Urbana, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, with a ceremony at 2 p.m.
After serving his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, he attended IWU (Illinois Wesleyan University). He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He then earned degrees in Architecture and Architectural Engineering at the University of Illinois. Walter began his teaching career in the Architecture Department, where he served as the chair of the Technology and Practice Division. He is co-author of "Construction: Principles, Materials and Methods." This 1,200-page textbook is used in over 250 schools and universities. He served on the board of directors at the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows and was a past chair of the Illinois Architectural Licensing Board. He served as a project architect at Architectural Spectrum. His passion was education; his last class taught at the UI was December 2012. He also participated in the Central Illinois Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. with his grandson, Jordan, as his guardian in 2012. This was one of numerous highlights in his life.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family asks that memorials be made to Cunningham Children's Home, 1301 N. Cunningham Ave., Urbana, 61801, CISAR Animal Shelter, 29738 E. 1400 N Road, Colfax, IL 61728, and Three Wet Dogs, 1948 CR 400 N, Longview, IL 61852. Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is assisting with arrangements.
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