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LEWIS ASA DALE
ASA DALE LEWIS
Friends and family mourn the passing of Asa Dale Lewis, 80 years young, a resident of South Franklin Circle in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who died on August 23, 2011, after a sudden stroke. His immediate family and clergy were honored to be at his side.
“Dale” was born into a small community in Gallipolis, Ohio, on August 17, 1931, to Ralph and Ethel Lewis, one of six children. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. It was during his military service that he met the love of his life, Joanne Schwartz, marrying in Marietta, Georgia, on June 15, 1955. Following his honorable discharge, he attended The Ohio State University where he graduated with his Bachelors of Industrial Engineering.
His love of learning and doing something “interesting” quickly guided him to NASA where he worked in the space program, and most notably as part of the Apollo 11 launch team which put the first man on the moon in 1969. After 27 years of distinguished service to NASA, working in Florida and Washington D.C., Dale retired at age 53 and pursued his love of music. As “The Tennessee Troubadour” and the “Citified Country Boy” he penned and performed many songs, having about 30 of them copyrighted. Dale also spent several years as an athlete with the Senior Olympics going to the national games in 1989.
Later in life, as a dedicated husband, Dale was the primary care giver to Joanne, who passed after a six year illness. A resident of Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, Rhode Island, and Virginia, he lived his final three years in Northeast Ohio where, incidentally, he had been a beach lifeguard as a teen.
Dale was predeceased by his wife, Joanne; and by his siblings Edith, Dallas, Larry, and Eddie. He is survived by his brother, Joe (wife Erma); his only child, David (wife Shelly); and his two grandchildren, Paige and Matthew.
A memorial service celebrating Dale’s life will be held at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 3, 2011, in The Federated Church at 76 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022. Interment will be private at Evergreen Cemetery in Chagrin Falls.
Dale’s music website will be continued in perpetuity at: http://iacmusic.com/artist.aspx?id=19459
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