Lewis W. Yore, 86
Kenosha, Wis. — Lewis Wayne Yore, age 86, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully while he slept on Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Clare Bridge.
He was born on Nov. 28, 1924, in Scotland County, Mo. His parents were the late Leo and Doris (Campbell) Yore. In 1926, the family moved to Minnesota, where he attended school in Granada, Huntley and Winnebago.
On June 10, 1946, he married Betty Jean Ross, in Bremerton, Wash. They had two children, Thomas and Kathy. Lewis was preceded in death by his wife in 1999 and son in 1973.
In the early part of 1942, he attempted to join the U.S. Maritime Service, but was sent home because he was too young. In October of 1942, he did enlist in the U.S. Navy. While he was in the U.S. Navy, he obtained the rank/rate of Chief Boatswain’s mate in 1963 and served in World War II (aboard the Cruiser USS Santa Fe) and in the Korean War. He received the following significant awards: Navy Unit Commendation (2), American Theater Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal with 4 stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 13 stars, WWII Victory Medal and the Korean Service Medal. He retired from the Navy in March 1963.
When he was in the Philippine Islands, Lewis became a Mason and joined Lincoln Lodge #34. Once he and his family returned to the United States and moved to Kenosha, he became a member of Pike Lodge #355, Sunrise Lodge #359, Kenosha Shrine Club, RAM #3, and Easter Star #92, Lew also belonged to Fleet Reserve Association, VFW, American Legion, Lifetime Member of the Navy Club Ship 40-Kenosha, Eagles and the Elks Club #750.
After he retired from the U.S. Navy, Lewis worked for a while at Guttormsen’s Bowling Alley. He was the manager of Maplecrest Country Club and worked at the Elk’s Club and then Smith’s Pumpkin Farm for several years. His hobbies included fishing, reading, cribbage, playing cards and rooting for the Minnesota Vikings.
His daughter, Kathy Falcon; his granddaughters, Karyn (Jeremy) Johnson, and Jennifer (Rick) Becker, survive Lewis. He is also survived by his four great-grandchildren, Zachary and Nicole Johnson, Bradley and Lucas Becker. Three brothers, Larry (Shari), Richard (Cindy), Jack (Ginny); and one sister, Lois. Numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins survive him.
He is preceded in death by his sister, Ramona Chaffee, and his son-in-law, Thomas Falcon.
Funeral Services for Lewis were held May 13, 2011, at the Bruch Funeral Home. Interment with full Military Honors followed at All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are appreciated.
Visit Lewis’ online memorial book at www.bruchfuneralhome.net