In Memory

John Lewis

John Lewis

John Allen Lewis,
71, of Westfield, passed away October 31, 2018.  He was born in Cincinnati, OH on August 22, 1947 to the late David and Amelia Lewis.  After earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, John worked in the financial field, retiring as a senior level financial executive.  Throughout his career, he served on multiple boards and mentored many future leaders in the industry.  He and his wife, Sue, loved to travel and enjoyed attending their grandchildren’s activities and sporting events.  John loved good food, good wine and good company.  John was a member of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.
He will always be remembered for his humble nature, integrity and love for his family.  John is survived by his wife, Janice “Sue” Lewis; daughter, Rochelle (Chris) Meisner; step-daughter, Mary Lovelady; grandchildren, Maxwell, Benjamin and Emma Meisner; step-grandchildren, Jonathan and Jessica Weber and Harley Young; and nieces, Lisa (Luis) Rios, Corrina (Josh) Knight and Tia Walle.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Byron Lewis.
Graveside services will be held at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation North Cemetery on Sunday, November 4th at 3 PM. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Arrangements entrusted to A.R.N. Funeral & Cremation Services.  Friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at  
Graveside Service
3:00 PM ,Sunday, November 4, 2018
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation North Cemetery
1300 East 161st Street Westfield, IN

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11/02/18 04:40 PM #1    

Carol Friedman (Green)

I was so saddened to hear of John’s passing. John was a wonderful person. He was in many of my classes. He was always so friendly and inclusive to the very shy person that I was in high school. He went out of his way to greet fellow classmates on a daily basis. He had signed up for the 50th reunion but was not able to make it at the last minute. The last I heard from him was that he was very sorry he would not be attending. Rest in peace my friend and my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

11/03/18 12:29 PM #2    

Jeff Robinson

To the Lewis family: John's smile and demeanor taught me a lot. There were several times in our high school career that he reached out to me. I wish I was able to do the same for him. His humility and sincerity made him so special. I miss you my friend

11/04/18 06:54 PM #3    

Arnold Hanish

Today i  went  to  my  friend john's  funeral here in  Indianapolis . It  was  so  sad, so  young and   vibrant to leave  this  earth . I had the  opportunity  to  see john Wednesday  before  he  passed and  say  my goodbyes. It's  important to  be able to say goodbyes .

We  had  reconnected  after  so  many  years when John and  his  lovely  wife  Sue  moved to the Indianapolis area  from  Californaia after his  retirment to be with Grandchildren. We  would go to  lunch and  talk  about  all of  our  plans in  retirement . Unfortunately, his plans  were  cut short. all i  can  say to all listening   is  check off things and places on your   bucket  list  soon, life is  too  short .

John was a  great man, warm and  compassionate and  such a mentor and influencer on  young people  throughout his  life. The  world has lost  a  terrific person. I will miss  our  periodic  lunches and  dinners .

God speed and  god bless .

Arnie Hanish

11/05/18 10:46 AM #4    

Ray Spencer

John and I became friends following a phys ed altercation in senior high. I found his contact lens on the gym floor. Our girlfriends were best buds too so John and I connected even more so. He was very friendly and I remember him having a great sense of humor. We remained in contact even after he went to UC and I pursued my career outside of college. As the fiftieth reunion approached we connected again and caught up on each others lives. Sharing similar political viewpoints, we frequently exchanged email on current events and family. Last year, I discovered a serious error in automatic withdrawls from my banking account by my lender so I consulted John about how to proceed and recover my funds. Well aware of the legal complications, he was very helpful and walked me through the process..... successfully too.  I was optimistic I was going to see John at the reunion and he was one of a handful I was very anxious to see again. Unfortunately that was not to happen. I knew John lived in Indianapolis and as I've planned a spring trip back to Ohio, I was optimistic we could connect.  My condolences to his wife and family. You've never known who I am but count me in as a person who had admiration for John as a true friend and one who remains in my memory with great respect from over fifty years ago. RIP John.

11/06/18 02:30 PM #5    

Michael Nebolsky

Whenever I see the notification of one of our Classmates passing it has a profoundly sobering affect on me.

John Lewis' passing has been especially sad and distressful.

It's been my experience, and personal opinion, that in the course of a lifetime, with the exception of  beloved famlily members, only a very few individuals make a lasting and positive impression on you. For me, John was one of those individuals.

John was one of the hardest working, down to earth, intelligent, loyal, dedicated individuals that I have ever met.

His moral integrity and internal perseverence, was second to none. That's why I always admired and repected him.

When I came to WHS, John and I, first became teammates.That developed into a special friendship that lasted 55 years. Over the years we were, unfortuately, only able  to get together a few times, due to the far distances between us, but we were in constant contact.

John faced several health challenges over the years, but with the support of his lovely wife, Sue and their children, and his unparalleled bravery and tremendous internal strength he was always able to prevail. Until now.

I hope that he can, now, rest in peace and comfort.

John will be greatly missed but his memory will be remembered forever. He was so incredibly special.

John was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. And in life that is all that really matters.

I want to express my deepest condolences and sympathies to his family and friends.


11/08/18 08:45 PM #6    

Michael Rapaport

i had lunch today with mike nebolsky today and he informed me of johns passing. so very sad. i statred woodward in 9th grade when my family moved to cincinnati from dayton. john was one of the first persons i met in a business class. he protected me from a lot of upperclass bullies who saw me a fresh meet. john always had my back that year. we werent good friends during the latter part of our high school days but we always said hello when we passed each other in the halls. i am very sorry to hear about this.

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