Lt. Col. Jeffrey Lawrence Lewis

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Lawrence Lewis, 61, of Denton, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at his residence with his family by his side. He was born May 3, 1960 in Ironton, Mo.

Lt. Col. Lewis retired from the United States Air Force after 22 years of service. After retiring from the Air Force he became a pilot for Southwest Airlines. Lt. Col. Lewis loved and served his country well and was proud to be an American. He inherited his love of flying from his father. Some of his other interests included hiking, scuba diving with his brothers, water sports and watching Auburn football. War Eagle!

Lt. Col. Lewis comes from a very proud military family. His father Larry served in the United States Army, his brother, Craig also served in the United States Army, his nephew Kyle served in the National Guard, his nephew Gabriel serves in the United States Air Force and his best friend and pastor, Jeff, served along his side in the United States Air Force.

Surviving is his loving wife, Shelley Lewis, nee Skidmore; his parents, Larry and Ruth, nee Davis, Lewis; his daughters, Megan (Nick) Cerentano and Micah (Nick) Erzinger; his step-children, Renee Elliot and Seth Elliot; his brothers, Philip (Kim) Lewis and Craig (Wendi) Lewis; his grandchildren, Etienne, Holland and Roman; and his favorite pup, Maddy; along with other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be on Thursday, June 10 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at Leesman Funeral Home in Columbia, Ill. Services will be held on Thursday, June 10, at 11:45 a.m. at Leesman Funreal Home with Col. Jeff Stephenson, officiating. Interment will follow in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo., with full military honors.

We bid him farewell, wishing for smooth skies and tailwinds.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to Wounded Warrior.

For more information, please access our website, www.leesmanfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were handled by Leesman Funeral Home.