Ronald Douglas Lewis, the eldest child of Doug and Norma Lewis, was born on August 16, 1960. His good nature and energetic spirit was present from day one, as was his love for the outdoors. His apprenticeship for taking over the family farm started early and as soon as he could see out the windshield and reach the pedals he was happily put to work. His younger years were filled with hockey, piano lessons, junior choir, Sunday school, youth group, curling, 4-H, snowmobiling.
He started his schooling in Sovereign and then moved to Milden Central School in grade 4. School was a real struggle for Ron but he worked hard and persevered, graduating in 1978.
He attended STI in Moose Jaw and became a mechanic, working in Swift Current, Outlook and Rosetown. Those years in STI and the years that followed were happy, social years where he made lifelong friendships and he met his first wife Marcia.
Ron began farming alongside his Dad and in 1984 Ron and Marcia married and settled in Sovereign where they had one son, Skyler. After the end of the marriage, Ron moved a house onto the farm.
He joyfully welcomed 4 step-grandchildren into his life when he remarried and thoroughly enjoyed all their activities and strove to give them a loving home.
He supplemented his income over the years with driving bus, construction and later, trucking. He took up skiing, golfing and quadding, belonged to the Sovereign Lions Club, the Milden Threshermans Club, and participated in tractor pulling. He loved camping, water sports, fishing, playing cards and trail rides. Ron and Doug could be seen in every parade and Santa Claus Days for miles around. He had begun going south in the winters and was eager to meet up with friends and relatives on his journeys.
You would be hard pressed to find a more helpful community member or friend. He was always ready to lend a helping hand, whether he knew you or not. His good nature and gift of the gab turned strangers into friends where-ever he went.
He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2021 and lived out the remainder of his days in good spirits at RoseVilla. He is lovingly remembered by his son Skyler (Allison) and their children Cassidy and Cody, mother, Norma, brother, Ken, sister Debbie Hill (Glenn) and their children, Travis (Amanda) and their daughter Riley, Justin (Mandi) and Megan (Brett), numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and his step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Hec and Ella Lewis and Bill and Ruth Decker and his father, Doug.
A Celebration of Ron’s life will be held at the Sovereign Community Hall on Saturday, July 22 at 2:00 pm. Donations in memory of Ron can be made to Rosetown and District Wheels for Wheels.