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Chester Robert Lewis
Birth: Jul. 18, 1915
Washington County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 2007
Kennett Square
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA


Chester Robert Lewis of New London

Chester Robert Lewis, 91, formerly of New London, PA, died on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Friends Home, Linden Hall, in Kennett Square, PA, following an extended illness. He had been a resident of Friends Home for the past two years.

He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle, and grandfather. Born on July 18, 1915, in Telford, Washington County, TN, he was the son of the late Stokes Gudger Lewis and Susie Masters Lewis. He had been a resident of Chester County for 89 years. He was raised on the Charlton Forest dairy farm in Cochranville, Penn Township.

A 1932 graduate of Avon Grove High School in West Grove, PA, he attended the Charlton one-room school, and Temple University in Philadelphia. In his youth, he briefly worked as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service.

Since 1951, Mr. Lewis had resided at his Black Angus cattle, hay, and grain farm known as "Ten More Acres" in New London Township.

In 1939, he and his father founded S. G. Lewis & Son, a Massey-Harris, Ferguson, Massey-Ferguson and New Holland farm equipment dealership and Red Rose animal feed business, in Jennersville, PA. He owned and operated the business until 1979 when it was sold to Merritt Cordage Corporation of NJ.

During his life he was a member of the Jennersville Church of the Brethren; Fernwood Grange of Daleville, PA; National Retail Farm Equipment Dealers Association of America; Chester County Farmers Association; Avon Grove Lions Club; Rough and Tumble (R&T) Engineers Historical Association in Kinzers, PA; the Home and Farm Antique Association of Chester County; and the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).

He served as President of the Landenberg (PA) Building and Loan Association, and was a Director on the Avondale-Kennett Regional Board for the National Bank of Chester County and then First Union Bank. He was the head of R&T's Antique Auto committee. He displayed many of his antique automobiles, tractors, and engines from his collection in "Auto Haus" on the R&T museum's grounds. Mr. Lewis was included in the Smithsonian Museum's 25th Anniversary issue magazine in an article titled "If you can't bear to part with it, open a new museum."

An avid hunter, he was a member of the Daleville Hunt Club of Potter County, PA.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed owning English Bulldogs and Black Labradors, reading, camping, boating, restoring antique farm equipment and implements including a 1901 Frick Peerless Steam Engine tractor, participating in AACA Glidden Tours, and the annual R&T Threshermen's Reunion. He enjoyed authentically restoring and showing antique cars such as Stanley Steamers and a 1913 Model T Ford. Two of his cars, a 1915 Metz and a 1938 Bantam, were multiple National 1st Prize and Grand National 1st Prize winners in the AACA.

He and his wife, Joanne, traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joanne K. Barczewski Lewis. His first wife, Dorothy Margaret Kepler Lewis, to whom he was married for 19 years, died in May 1962.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, L. Susan Lewis Arday (CAPT David R. Arday, MD) of Laurel, MD; a son, Chester "Chip" Stokes Lewis (Debra Lawya Lewis) of Burnt Hills, NY; one brother, Javine F. Lewis (Roma) of Cochranville, PA; two grandsons, Daniel J. Arday and Nathaniel J. Arday; three granddaughters, Sarah K. Lewis, Emily M. Lewis, and Hannah M. Lewis; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Isaac H. Lewis of Phoenix, AZ, and Carl H. Lewis of Cochranville, PA; and two sisters, Ethel T. Lewis Franklin of Oxford, PA, and Ruth M. Lewis Edwards of Coatesville, PA, preceded him in death.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2007, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2007, at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine Street, Oxford, PA. Interment will be in Faggs Manor Cemetery, Cochranville, PA. Officiating clergyman will be Rev. Michael Atkins of the New London Presbyterian Church.

The family asks that memorial contributions be sent in his name to the Antique Automobile Club of America, 501 W. Governor Road, P.O. Box 417, Hershey, PA 17033.

Additional information can be found at:

Family links: 
  Stokes Gudger Lewis (1879 - 1965)
  Susie Jane Masters Lewis (1877 - 1967)
  Dorothy Margaret Kepler Lewis (1924 - 1962)
  Joanne Katherine Barczewski Lewis (1933 - 2008)
  Isaac Hasson Lewis (1904 - 1972)*
  Carl Harvey Lewis (1906 - 1995)*
  Ethel Texie Lewis Franklin (1908 - 1997)*
  Ruth Mary Lewis Edwards (1910 - 2005)*
  Javine Fred Lewis (1913 - 2013)*
  Chester Robert Lewis (1915 - 2007)
*Calculated relationship
Manor Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section H. East, Lot 32 B
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Record added: Feb 03, 2007
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