Eugene “Gene” Albert Lewis was born on June 10, 1935 in Timberlake, South Dakota and took his wings on October 19, 2022 at his home in Jourdanton. Gene grew up in Hot Springs, South Dakota, and graduated in 1954.
After graduating, he joined the US Army to “see the world”. But after attending boot camp in Indiana, Gene was posted to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs.
After leaving the military, he moved to Washington State, got married, and worked at a paper mill. He and his wife moved back to South Dakota. Gene started college at Chadron State. He worked at Mt. Rushmore during the summers and played baseball with his brother. While at Chadron State, he decided to pursue studies in radiology at the University of Nebraska. He transferred and became a Nebraska Cornhusker for life. With the birth of his first son, Mike, and his field of study, he only played baseball for the Huskers for one year; graduated in 1962 with a degree in radiology technology. He went to work at Omaha Children’s Hospital as an X-ray technician and was promoted to director.
He was blessed with a daughter, Jolleen, and a second son, Jeff. After starting his career, Gene started playing golf. It has become his lifelong passion. He was also an outstanding bowler. He spent his free time coaching his sons’ baseball teams and his daughter’s softball team.
While visiting friends, they encouraged Gene to apply for Dir. of radiology at the impending community hospital of the medical center. The job was offered to him. He and his family moved to San Antonio in 1973.
Gene returned to Omaha to his previous job after the divorce, but missed his children. So he took a job in Houston. A year later, he became Dir. of radiology at Humana Metropolitan Hospital in San Antonio. In 1977, he became director of radiology at Bexar County Hospital. Tired of being in management, Gene and his stepfather went into business together. Soon after, he returned as an X-ray technologist for Dr. Cooper in his practice, retiring in 2008 after 25 years. Gene was invited by two doctors to join them as they opened an urgent care center. Gene helped start the radiology unit and stayed there for 10 years, officially retiring in 2019.
While working at Humana Metropolitan, Gene met his wife, Barbara. They were married on May 30, 1981. On September 24, 1987, they were blessed with the birth of their son, Matthew. Sadly, they lost Matthew to leukemia on New Years Day 1992.
Shortly after getting married, Gene introduced Barbara to golf and they traveled golfing at many beautiful courses. Gene and Barbara loved to travel whenever they had the chance. Over the past few years travel has become restricted due to Covid and Gene’s health issues so they have taken day trips to continue enjoying travel and golf.
Gene was predeceased by his parents Ira and Laura Lewis, his in-laws Kenneth and Jo Culpepper, his brother Donald, his sisters-in-law Virginia and Sharon, and his son Matthew. He is survived by Barbara, his son Mike and his wife Mary Jane, his daughter Jolleen and her husband Richard, as well as his son Jeff and his partner Anna. Gene is also survived by his brother, Richard of Brighton, Colorado, his sister-in-law Shirley Stevens and her fiancé Doy Rouse, his sister-in-law Judy Harlos and her husband Bucky, and his brother-in-law Ken Culpepper and his partner Shauneen O ‘Rear, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Gene was a member of Christine United Methodist Church, where memorials may be given in her name.
Gene was a true warrior in life. He battled serious health issues, but brought love, laughter and guidance to many. Her deep, resounding voice will be particularly missed by those who attended Christine’s church and listened to her recite the scripture readings each Sunday. He loved God, life, his family, his friends, golf and his Cornhuskers.
A visitation was held on Tuesday, October 25 at Hurley Funeral Home from 3-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 26 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Christine City Cemetery.