Rodney Lewis, 86: Devoted family man and WWII veteran

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PORTLAND — Rodney Lewis, 86, died Nov. 6 at Seaside Nursing Home in Portland.

He was born in Portland on Feb. 11, 1925, a son of Edna May and Waldo Ross Lewis. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and on the USS Baham during World War II, receiving the World War II Victory Medal and the American Theatre Medal.

Lewis left school after the eighth grade in order to help support his family. Over the years, he worked in many places including Bath Iron Works as a ship fitter’s helper, a Coco-Cola plant, Landsman Packing Co., the Holiday Inn by the Sea, and, his last job, the Portland International Jetport.

His family and friends will remember him as a kind and loving man who never had a mean bone in his body.

He was predeceased by his wife Orra Nona Lewis; son Gerald R. Lewis Sr.; stepson James M. Greenleaf; stepdaughter-in-law Mary Greenleaf; sisters Roberta Lewis, Maxine Lewis, Marie E. Lewis, Norma I. Lewis and Beatrice Lewis; brothers Wilford Lewis, Sherman R. Lewis, Delbert Lewis, Waldo R. Lewis Jr. and Elwood Lewis.

He is survived by his daughter Rona J. Ellis and her husband Brian M. of Standish; stepsons Michael A. Greenleaf of Portland and William F. Greenleaf and his wife Peggy of Portland; and many nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

The family held a graveside service at Brooklawn Memorial Park on Congress Street in Portland on Nov. 12. Arrangements were under the guidance of Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland.