Edwin “Ed” Michael Lewis

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September 15, 1943 ~ November 1, 2023

Edwin “Ed” M. Lewis, 80, Brandon, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, after suffering from recent health issues.

A Memorial Service will begin at 11am, Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Risen Savior Catholic Church, Brandon, followed by Military Honors.

Edwin “Ed” Michael Lewis was born in Adrian, Minnesota on September 15, 1943, to Bill and Ella (Masagi) Lewis. The youngest of eight, Ed was endearingly called “Eddy Mike” growing up in Adrian, where he played basketball and enjoyed time outdoors. Ed graduated from St. Adrian High School and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, where he was a member of the ROTC program and graduated with a degree in History. He met his wife Ann, and they were married in Huron, South Dakota. 

His successful career in the United States Air Force took him on many exciting adventures. Ed, Ann, and their three children, Michael “Mike,” Brian, and Theresia “Terri,” spent time in Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, California, and Australia. Ed also spent time in Alaska and Greenland as part of his Air Force work. 

Ann and Ed ultimately settled down in El Segundo, California, raising their kids in “Mayberry USA.” While balancing family and a career, Ed also managed to obtain two masters degrees and a Ph.D. in Space Studies (On-Orbit Servicing of Satellite Payloads was his dissertation topic). An avid reader and writer, Ed was simultaneously brilliant yet humble, and he truly loved to learn.  

Ed was a family man with a warm smile, an excellent sense of humor, and a heart of gold. An engaging and witty conversationalist, he was approachable and kindhearted. Ed was the true patriarch of the family, sharing wisdom, unwavering love, and many laughs with his children and grandchildren. He was always willing to go above and beyond to support his family.

Ed recently got to celebrate his 80th birthday surrounded by family in Brandon, S.D, where he retired after many years in California. 

Ed is survived by his three children, Mike, Brian, and Terri; and nine grandchildren, Taylor, Gina, Courtney, Brian, Chaise, Skyler, Bella, Henry, and Kody. 

Ed is preceded in death by his wife, Ann; his parents, Bill and Ella; and his seven older siblings, Don, Ray, Paul, Carl, Joe, Patricia, and Bill.

He will be greatly missed, and his family and friends will cherish their time with him forever. 

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