Ronald “Ron” James Lewis, 83, Belle, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, while trying to recover from two heart surgeries.
He was born Aug. 10, 1937, to Othol and Edith (Wise) Lewis, in Cabool.
He was united in marriage to Betty Ann (Workman) Lewis in 1959. She preceded him in death. He was later united in marriage to Brenda Diane (Forrester) Lewis in 1981. She also preceded him in death.
Ron’s family moved from Cabool to the State of California for a brief time during WWII and returned to purchase the family farm in 1948. He was a 1955 graduate of Cabool High School and studied at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. Ron was an entrepreneur in the business of advertising. He started work at the Cabool Enterprise as a lino-type operator and then owned and operated the Lewis Printing Company in Cabool. Ron moved to Belle working for Tri-County Publications in 1970. He returned to the Cabool area becoming manager of a group of radio stations located in Mountain Grove. The family went on to manage the Cassville Republican newspaper and upon selling that newspaper business he returned to Belle in 1982 to become the editor and sales director of the Tri-County Newspapers in Belle.
He is survived by brother, John and wife Debbie Lewis of West Plains; sons, Kurt Lewis of Cabool and Sean Lewis and wife Jesse of Lawrence, Kan.; daughters, Ronda Rountree of Lawrence, Kan., and April Muenks and husband Shawn of Jefferson City; and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside memorial visitation was held Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Cabool Cemetery. Memorial contributions suggested to First Baptist Church of Belle.