Lewis Abram Souders, 96, Grove, formerly of Bartlesville, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.
Lewis was born on Nov. 13, 1921 in Sedan, Kansas to his parents, Francis and Ivy (Jackson) Souders. When Lewis was 13, the family moved to Caney, Kansas.
He went to Coffeyville Junior College for one year after high school graduation.
The day after Pearl Harbor, he went to work for Phillips Petroleum Co. He enlisted in the Navy (Seabees) in April 1942 and was stationed in Providence, Rhode Island.
He graduated from Northwestern with a bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering. He was also in the Naval Reserves from 1946 to 1954.
In April 1946, he went back to work for Phillips in Borger, Texas, and was transferred to Bartlesville, in 1959 where he lived until retirement.
He met the love of his life, Charlene Sanderson, in Bartlesville on a blind date. They were married in Tulsa on Oct. 29, 1945 and moved to Borger, Texas in 1946.
They enjoyed fishing, bowling, casinos, cruising, and going to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Lew was a HLS&R volunteer for 15 years and was a Lifetime Committeeman.
Lew and Charlene also enjoyed attending the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for several years. Lew was an avid TV sports watcher & enjoyed cracking pecans while watching football.
Family and friends benefited from the bags of pecans stored in the freezer. Upon retirement, Lew and Charlene moved to Grand Lake where they thoroughly enjoyed the “lake life”.
He is survived by daughter, Marcia Henry; son, Larry Souders and wife Vickie; sister-in-law, Betty Hamilton; grandchildren, Jeff Leinen and wife Tracey, Scott Henry, Brett Henry and wife Erika; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Jamisyn Leinen, Riley, Zoey, and Josephine Henry; many other loving relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Charlene; daughter Judy Kay Stuart; son-in-law Bob Henry; and grandsons Jerry Jay Leinen and Kyle Wayne Henry.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.
Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, at Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home Chapel in Grove.
Burial will follow at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made in Lew’s name to the charity of your choice. Services under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.