In Memory

John Lewis

John Lewis

CHALK HILL, PENNSYLVANIA - John Dale Lewis, ESQ, passed away peacefully in his home on September 6th at age 72. John was born December 14, 1944 in Tecumseh, Kansas to Richard Stanley Lewis and Marguerite (Towery) Lewis.

He was preceded in death by his brother Douglas Lewis and sister Dixie Cottle.  He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Bernadette (Wall) Lewis, and his 5 children: Vikkie Lewis of Toledo, OH; Richard Lewis of Fredericksburg, VA; Emily (Lewis) Moran of San Diego; Steven Nahaj of Berlin Germany; and Kelly Nahaj of Great Mills, Maryland; grandchildren Devin Lewis and Brea Nahaj-Taylor; nephew Douglas "Buddy" Lewis and nieces Karla Stribling and Kelli McCammon. 

John attended Tecumseh Elementary school and Highland Park High School.  John joined the United States Navy in 1962, a decision that would forever shape his life. During his uniformed naval career, John held various billets in antisubmarine warfare, research and development, engineering, and a diplomatic assignment in Sicily. He was fluent in Italian and a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, retiring after 20 years of honorable service as a Senior Chief.

John spent his free time in the Navy pursuing numerous academic degrees, including a BS from State University of New York, a BA from the University of Maryland, and a MS in International Studies from Old Diminion University.  Following his naval service, he earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from William and Mary, and did post doctorate work in government contracting at George Washington University.

John had an illustrious career in law and government. Legal experience includes a two-year internship at NASA and six months at the US Attorney General's Office before joining the Navy Office of General Counsel (OGC) as an attorney. Mr. Lewis filled several assignments within the OGC including Chief Patent Counsel for the Office of Naval Research in London, UK, and Patent Counsel at NAVAIR in Pax River. He published numerous articles on international intellectual property rights issues, maintained an active grant surveillance program, and successfully prosecuted the office's only patent application in history. He earned the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 1999, and retired from Federal Service in 2003.

John retired to the mountains of Pennsylvania with his wife, where they enjoyed fishing, cooking, cold beers with family and friends, and their beloved "Dottie Dog." He loved politics, debate, watching Steelers football, and relaxing on the porch, surrounded by the forest. 

Friends and family were received at Donald Crawford Funeral Home at 1189 National Pike, Hopwood, PA, on September 9 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions were made to Alzheimer's Association - Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 1100 Liberty Avenue Suite E-201 Pittsburgh, PA 15222. and The American Cancer

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09/16/17 07:54 AM #1    

Jack Hochstedler

RIP John Lewis. 

09/16/17 11:43 AM #2    

Patsy Baker (Owens)

I am so sorry to hear about Johns death I was hoping to see him at a reunion at some time.  He was a super guy.

 Sending a prayer to his family.  


09/16/17 04:09 PM #3    

Darrell Deever

My heart is heavy today as I heard of the passing of my dear friend John Lewis. My deepest regrets go out to all his family and friends.

I can truly say John was my best friend. During our high school days we were almost always together. Though it has been many years since I have seen him I feel a great loss.

Of all the memories the one thing I remember most is that John was always happy and laughing. He could always lift me up.

I am truly proud of him for completing his education and for the accomplished person he became. I always knew John was very smart. 

Goodbye dear friend until we are down by the water again reeling in the big ones. . 

09/16/17 05:35 PM #4    

Jennie Kistler (Nixon)

I just read John Lewis' obituary and am so sorry for his passing. I didn't actually know him but feel compelled to write a note in his memory. First of all I am "blown away" by the things he did with his life. It is not at all easy to persue so many college degrees while working full time. Also the many illustrious positions he held with the Navy are very impressive.

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