Richard L. Lewis


Richard Lee Lewis, 84, a resident of Parsons, passed from this life Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center and under the care of WV Caring.

Richard was born Sunday, Aug. 26, 1934, in Parsons, a son of the late Nick Lewis and Martha C. Crossland Lewis.

On April 19, 1953, in Parsons, he was married to the former Twila Joan Wratchford, who preceded him in death March 23, 2018. They had celebrated almost 65 years of marriage.

Left to cherish Richard’s memory are two daughters, Constance “Connie” Joan Shahan and fiance, Jeremy Loucks, and Victoria “Vicki” Lynn Glasow and husband, John, one son, Richard “Rick” Lee Lewis II and wife, Jaime, one sister, Mary Virginia Anderson of Alexandria, Virginia, eight grandchildren, Christopher Hinte and wife, Tori, Sarah Ricottilli and husband, Ron, Jeremy Hinte, Emma Glasow and fiance, Corey Harper, Amy Glasow, Selena Lewis, Sammy Lewis, and Dean Lewis, three stepgrandchildren, Cody Shahan and wife Ashley, Maria and Sophia Ricottilli, three great-grandchildren, Lilly Hinte, Anna Hinte and Liam Ricottilli and step great-grandchildren, Rayah Rose Shahan, Aleyah Shahan, Khia Shahan, and William Grayson Shahan.

Richard was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1952, and years later, he and Twila were inducted into the Parsons High School Hall of Fame. He had worked for Ford Motor Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, retiring after 20 years as a supervisor. He returned to Parsons in 1974 and started his own business, Lewis Memorial, from which he retired in 2004. Richard had developed a passion for farming, raising his livestock, and operating his tractors. A very proud and accomplished farmer, he enjoyed his work and was a hard worker. He was a devoted husband, loving father and family man. He was a member of the Gideons International and the Parsons Church of God, where he served as a trustee for many years.

Visitation will be held at Hostetler Funeral Home on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held from the funeral home chapel on Monday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dave Snyder will officiate, and interment will follow in Parsons City Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center.

The Hostetler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for Richard Lee Lewis. Send online condolences to the family at