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Stephen Ewing Lewis

May 18, 1951 ~ December 26, 2017 (age 66)

Stephen Ewing Lewis passed from this life on December 26, 2017.  He was 66 years old.

Steve was born on May 18, 1951 in Toledo, Ohio to Ewing and Verba (Durrell) Lewis.  He was raised with his brother Jeffrey in Oberlin, Ohio by their mother, a long-time employee of Oberlin College.  Mr. Lewis was a graduate of Oberlin High School, attended Ohio State University and was a graduate of the Ohio Peace Officers’ Training Academy in Columbus, Ohio.

After attending Ohio State, he married his high school classmate and friend, Linda Dunlap.  They were married for 17 years and together proudly raised their four children: Stanton, Stephen, Erin and Hilary.

Steve spent the majority of his career with the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department, first as a Communications Officer, then as a Detective (1990-1992) and Deputy Sheriff. He served a total of 26 years.

As a young person, Steve was baptized by the Reverend Dr. Fred L. Steen, Sr. of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin, Ohio where he maintained a lifelong membership.  In recent years, he served as a member of the King’s Men and Mount Zion Baptist Church choirs. In addition to possessing a beautiful singing voice, he was gifted with a brilliant smile, contagious laugh, comedic timing and imagination. Another of his attributes was his ability as a sketch artist, a talent he shared with his children. Known for his methodical thought process, he was a formidable adversary at games of strategy like chess, backgammon and cards.  He enjoyed listening to music, dancing, watching football, playing racquetball, cooking on the grill, and playing board games like Monopoly and Scrabble with his family.

Mr. Lewis is survived by his sons Stanton Chambers (Rebecca) of Arlington, TX; Stephen II (Andrea) of Cedar Rapids, IA; his daughters Erin (Gene) of Oakland, CA; Hilary of Brooklyn, NY and 4 granddaughters: Ella Janice, Hanna Rae, Maya Christine and Sara Ann.  He is also survived by his brother Jeffrey (Liana) of Cleveland and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Services will be held at Mount Zion Baptist Church on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:00am. A repast will follow at the House of Zion Fellowship Center for family and out of town guests.  Online condolences may be left at A private burial will take place at a later time.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Oberlin Community Services Food Programs in memory of Stephen E. Lewis

 Service Information

Memorial Service
February 3, 2018

11:00 AM
Mt Zion Bapist Church

Oberlin, Ohio 44074

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