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Idaho State Journal, 03/28/06
IDAHO FALLS — Russell Wilford Lewis, 80, passed away Friday, March 24, 2006, at Life Care
Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Paris, Idaho, to Samuel Wilford
Lewis and Olive Passey. He attended schools in Paris and was a member of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the Army from 1944 to 1946. He married
Dorothy Buhler July 30, 1955, in Soda Springs, Idaho. They had four children, but were
He worked for Union Pacific Railroad on the CTC signal gang, as a laborer for San
Francisco Chemical Company and Stauffer Chemical Company. He also helped family with
sheepherding, and enjoyed fishing and camping. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed helping
his brother, Marvin, dig fossils in Wyoming.
Russell is survived by two sons, Russell Harold (Yvonne) Lewis and John (Lynne) Lewis;
two daughters, Vickie (Lowell) Nelson and Debbie Murphy; four sisters, Eva (Benny) Myers,
Lola Deane (Clinton) Hill, LaRee Petersen and Nelda MacDonald; one brother, Joe (Beverly)
Lewis; 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 29, at 1 p.m. in the Matthews Mortuary
Chapel, 702 Clay St. in Montpelier, where friends may visit with family that day from
11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., and burial will be in the Paris Cemetery.