Neal Lewis Death Obituary – It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of Neal Eugene Lewis, 92, of Wayne City, IL. Neal passed away at 12:08am on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at his home. Neal was born on June 5, 1930, to Gene and Inez Lewis. He was raised on his family farm with his parents and his younger sister Mary.
After graduating from Eldorado High School, Neal continued working on the farm and at the family-owned feed store and grocery store in Walpole, IL. In his early 20’s, Neal enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War. He served from 1952-1956 as an Electrician’s Mate Third Class, aboard a tanker ship and traveled to many countries.
During one of his leaves at home, he married the love of his life, Evelyn Marie Pryor. They were married on November 22, 1953, in Eldorado, IL. After leaving the Navy, Neal went back to working with the family businesses and he and Evelyn started their family. Neal then joined the Illinois State Police where he served for 28 years. He rose through the ranks and retired as a Sergeant. While still a trooper, Neal helped build the Wayne City sale barn and worked there for over 50 years.
He also worked with the Barnard Auction Services for many years. Throughout this time, their family grew to include three children, Larry, Gina, and David. Together, they attended the Wayne City Baptist Church where Neal remained a member for over 60 years. After retiring from the State Police, Neal and Evelyn took off for two months and traveled around the American West.
They dearly loved attending gospel quartet singings and conventions, where they made many life-long friends. Neal and Evelyn loved camping and found great pleasure in taking long scenic drives together. They especially loved spending time with their grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Throughout his life, Neal was well-known for his stories and jokes. His wit will be missed by many. Neal was best known for his fairness, his kindness, and the respect he always showed to others. Many people have expressed how he touched their lives.