Walter 'Pete' McKinley Lewis


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Walter "Pete" McKinley Lewis, 77, of Anderson, departed this life May 27, 2019, at Community Hospital Anderson surrounded by family. He was born on Aug. 29, 1941, in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Pete came to Anderson on a full basketball scholarship to Anderson University. He served in
the Army, was an Anderson policeman for 30 years prior to retirement and continued to be a
member of the American Legion. While serving on the APD, he took on being the director of
the Police Athletic League (PAL Club) and gave back to the community while being a role model
for the youth.
He was the oldest of nine children and visited his hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio, often. He enjoyed playing cards, attending car shows and watching the Indianapolis Colts. His contagious smile, big heart and witty sense of humor impacted many that knew him.
Survivors include his children, Rodney (Jackie McClendon) Lewis, Abigail (Gregory) Lewis-Peak
and Kevin Lewis; grandchildren, Rodre Lewis, Kevin Lewis Jr., Josh Lewis, Marissa (Ethan)
Seybert and Gianna Peak; siblings, Keith (Tiya) Lewis, Toni (Robert) Harris, Gerald Lewis, Phillip
Lewis, Joey (Chris) Beverly, Chita Lewis and Wyvette Lewis; former wives, Rhonda Lewis
and Beverly Lewis; and a host of nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Norma Jean Lewis; paternal grandparents, Keith Sr. and Virginia Lewis; maternal grandparents, William and Rosa Bayless; daughter and
son-in-law, Marla and Marcus Young; sister, Virginia Colley; and granddaughter, India Lewis.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Community Hospital Anderson and Hospice
for the extraordinary care they provided to Pete and the loving support to the family.
Memorial pending in Chillicothe, Ohio, in August 2019.
Published on June 4, 2019
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Lois 'Jeanie Giles' Maughmer and Family
Jun 12, 2019
Condolences to the Walter Pete McKinley Lewis family.

Petey (as we called Walter), his family and mine lived on the same street: Fourth Street, Chillicothe, Ohio, where we were born). As, 'kids', Petey and I , and our siblings, grew up, played and attended school together. I, particularly, have fond memories of playing on and walking the railing of the Lewis' front porch.
Iam sure his large family will cherish their many memories of him. God-Speed Petey.
Jun 12, 2019
Gary Dilley
Jun 10, 2019
Pete was like a brother while we were in high school together. Great memories of picking him up for school in my "GRAY GHOST" 1953 Plymouth. Great memories of playing on the school football and basketball teams with him. I had always missed him since high school, but, shame on me, I never stayed in touch. Reading these other messages, it does not surprise me at all that so many others knew him as the great man that he was. God bless his family! I am sure you will all carry on the tremendous legacy he has left for you.
larry gholston
Jun 10, 2019
i shall never forget Pete Lewis We worked together at APD. A GOOD officer and earned the respect of the community by treating people fairly. A YOUNG man and good man gone to soon. Rest easy my friend till we meet again. My GOD give his family the strength to endure this loss. My prayer are with you amen.
Linda Ewart Cook
Jun 08, 2019
A very special friend in High School!! Loved watching him play Basketball! Always kind and enjoyed a couple of classes with him at CHS! RIP Pete!
Anne Hess Jupinko, CHS class of 1959
Jun 07, 2019
Pete sat next to me in Mr. Duncan's American History class at CHS. With his sense of humor, he was a lot of fun, and kept the class amused! My sympathy and prayers to his family.
Joy (McNeal) Cox Class of '59
Jun 07, 2019
To Pete's Family
Pete was a gentleman and will always be remembered for his kindness.
Mark Campbell
Jun 07, 2019
Rodney, my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family.
Charlotte Montgomery Mitchell
Jun 07, 2019
Pete will always be remembered as a very special classmate.
Otis Jones
Jun 06, 2019
I have very fond memories of Mr. Lewis. Always had nice to say to me and just a fun man to be around. God bless you and the family.
Betty Keeney McIntyre
Jun 05, 2019
Pete was a very unique man who had such a clever witt. His many adverse stories of his life were was so mystic and humerus. A good man who had a passion for people and life. He was an asset to this Community and it's Citizens..Pete, thanks for the memories. RIP.
Tom Joyce
Jun 05, 2019
So sorry to learn of Pete's death!! We enjoyed many years together on the APD!!
Dan Tanner
Jun 05, 2019
Knew Pete as a brother police officer and socially. He never met a stranger . God gained a great man .
Deborah Maxwell Steele
Jun 05, 2019
I’m truly sorry for your loss❤️ Pete was always a gentleman & loved his job & people always. He was just a sweet and lovely person & great person to know. God Bless his sole & May he RIP 💕💕
Merwyn Broadnax
Jun 05, 2019
One of the 1st persons I looked up to (literally and physically)
Darrell K.Wright
Jun 04, 2019
Pete was a superb man that treated the community members with respect!!! I am humbled reading of his heading into Heaven at this time!!! Praise unto him and prayers for his family!!!🙏🏽🎚🙏🏽
Larry Miller
Jun 04, 2019
As a young rookie officer Pete spent a lot of time and effort to show me around and train me and keep me safe. I will always be great full for his concern
Jan'Coles" Dyroff
Jun 04, 2019
to all of Pete's family '..Love end comfort
Sgt. William A. Casey
Jun 04, 2019
Thank you for your wise counsel when I was going to hard times. I would not be where I am if it wasn't for that direction. Being a police officer is tough on family life and relationships. Thanks, Pete! You be careful up there!
Roger Ockomon
Jun 04, 2019
RIP brother