Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Gail A. Lewis, 82

| May 18, 2021 8:15 AM

Gail A. Lewis left his earthly home to be with Jesus on May 14, 2021. Gail was born Aug. 28, 1938 in Missoula to Cecil and Viola Lewis. He joined older brother Lear. Cecil worked construction, so Gail’s early years were spent moving from place to place. They settled in Rollins, where Gail went to grade school at the Rollins schoolhouse. Gail attended and graduated from Polson High School and was a proud Polson Pirate.

Gail enrolled at Montana State College, where he earned a letter in wrestling as well as a degree in mathematics with a minor in physics. Gail’s first teaching job was in Fort Greely, Alaska, where he had many adventures and met his first love, Sylvia Hendrickson. Gail and Sylvia were married in June of 1965 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Lake Stevens, Wash. They moved to Hamilton, where Gail taught at Westview Junior High and was vice principal. He coached wrestling and in 1972 led the Hamilton Broncs to a second-place finish at the state tournament. Gail became a father in 1970 to Marlin. Amber and Kipp soon followed. He retired from teaching in 1988 and tried his hand at real estate as well as became a part of a sought-after cabinet making team. Sylvia passed away in 2007. As God always has a plan, Gail met Peggy Weaver Kayser. In January of 2009, Gail and Peggy were married. How lucky for Gail to have known such love in his life, not once but twice.

Gail loved to hunt, fish, golf, cheer on his Bobcats and follow grandchildren to events all over the state and Northwest.

Gail was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Viola, brother Lear and wife Sylvia.

He leaves behind his wife of 12 years, Peggy Lewis,; children Marlin (Megan) Lewis, Amber (Lans) Richardson and Kipp (Robyn) Lewis; and grandchildren Addyson, Elaina, Ellyn, Annalise, Malyn and Cecile. He also leaves behind bonus children Sarah (Will) Mahoney, Erik (Fran) Kayser, Matt Kayser, Annie Kayser and Scott (Mary) Kayser; and bonus grandchildren Kai, Keifer, Mallory, Rory and Ione.

Gail’s memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23 at Faith Lutheran Church in Hamilton, with a reception following. A celebration of life will take place Aug. 28, Gail’s birthday, at Papa’s Lake.

Memorials can be made to Montana State Alumni Foundation; Faith Lutheran Church, Hamilton, MT; The Rollins Schoolhouse (Women of Rollins, P.O. Box 186 Rollins, MT 59931) or a charity of your choice. Gail touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.