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If a void has been noticed on this precarious planet, it is because Richard Lee “Dick” Lewton departed this earth March 2, 2020. He went peacefully in comfort care at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. He was in the ICU when he declared “it’s time to shut ‘er down.” And he did. He was born February 13, 1941 at home on Travis Street in Dallas, Texas. His parents were Verna Deane Edwards Lewton from Sibley, Iowa and Curtis Eugene Lewton from Wood River, Nebraska. Dick grew up in Vickery, Texas where he completed elementary school at Vickery School. He graduated from Hillcrest High School, where he showed up the first day on horseback. His work ethic began at an early age. He delivered the morning as well as the evening newspapers on his bicycle as a boy. At age 14, he was working cleaning out stables and went on to hauling hay in his later teens. He took time out to play Little League baseball for a while and also participated in the Boy Scouts. After high school, he worked for a time at Varel Manufacturing in Dallas as a machinist. At age 20, he began work at Texas Instruments in Dallas, where he took early retirement at age 57. He was able to join the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and returned to TI as a contractor with the union. He continued there until 2003. Dick and Diane moved to Medina, Ohio in 2005 after living in the same home in Garland, Texas for 42 years. They enjoyed living near their son, Zach and their grandchildren for 8 years in Ohio. On January 1, 2014, they moved along with Zach’s family to Santa Rosa, California. Dick was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Hella Temple Shrine. He was a life long Methodist who worked hard all of his life and was always willing to give a hand to others. He made friends everywhere he went and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He enjoyed playing golf and keeping up with sports. He was a very good dancer and enjoyed country music. He enjoyed the Two Step, North Texas Push and could Polka the night away. Richard first met his wife, Diane Marie Hetherington Lewton, October 25, 1957 at a Halloween party hosted by her church Methodist Youth Fellowship group. They married May 5, 1962 at Casa Linda Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas. He is survived by Diane, son Zach Lewton, daughter-in-law Cami Lewton and his six grandchildren: Julian Hadley, Jacob Lewton, Benjamin Lewton, Anna Lewton, Oliver Lewton and India Marie Lewton. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn Lewton Rigsby and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by sister Alice Lewton Allen and brother Robert Clyde Lewton. Richard Lewton worked hard all his life, complained very little, and told it like it was no matter who was listening. He helped a lot of people and made many friends along the way. After fighting a long, valiant battle against congestive heart failure and kidney disease for many years, including a kidney transplant and many hospitalizations, he can now finally rest. He will be sorely missed.
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