Joe Dean Lewis, one of four children of Verdie May (Carmack) and Harmon Virgil Lewis, was born on October 25, 1921 near Oakland, Iowa. Joe attended Sharon Country School in his younger years and the family moved to the Carson, Iowa area, where he attended school, and graduated from Carson High School in 1940. He helped his parents on the farm until 1942 when he entered the United States Army Air Force and served his country as an aircraft mechanic. Joe was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned home to help with the farming.
Joe and Wilma Maude Batten, of Macedonia, Iowa, were married on February 16, 1946 in Omaha, Nebraska. They established their home on a farm southeast of Oakland. In November 1951, Joe and Wilma purchased a farm southeast of Edina, Missouri. The property had an airport and Joe enjoyed his pilot time. In addition to operating the family farm, Joe worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation for 21 years. Their marriage was blessed with two beautiful children, Joey Dean and Tamy Jean. Joe and Wilma became members of the Edina First Christian Church on August 30, 1955. Many of Joe’s enjoyments included woodworking, reading, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Carson Legion Post 556.
In 1996, Joe and Wilma celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, sold their farm, retired and moved into the town of Edina. On May 6, 2004, they sold their home and moved to Carson to be closer to their family. They became members of the Carson United Methodist Church on February 5, 2006. One of their proud accomplishments was reading the entire Bible. They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 2006. One of their many enjoyments was eating tacos at Taco Bell.
In July 2013, Joe and Wilma moved to live near their daughter Tamy in Rathdrum, Idaho. Joe passed away on August 19, 2013 in Coeur D Alene, ID, at the age of 91 years, 9 months, and 24 days. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jack D. Lewis and wife Charlotte; sisters, Anna Mae Bennett and husband Frank, and Lucille I. Palmer and husband Melvin; nephews, Billy Joe Hollesen, Phillip M. Palmer, Terry Palmer, Ed Batten, and Randy Corbin; niece Judy Pendegraft; great nieces, Bethany Wademan and Shelia Palmer; great nephew T. J. Palmer, Jr; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Batten, and Lois Corbin and husband Don; and brothers-in-law, Marlin Batten, Reggie Pendegraft, and Galen Batten.
Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Wilma Lewis of Carson; son Joey Lewis of Franklin, TN; daughter Tamy Galbraith of Rathdrum; grandson John Michael Joseph Galbraith of Rathdrum; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Pendegraft of Oakland and Marge Batten of Carson; several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Graveside services were held September, 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with military honors in the Carson Cemetery in Carson, Iowa under the direction of Loess Hills Funeral Home in Carson, IA.