He was born April 30, 1914, at Tatum, N.M., to Melvin Hoyt and Maggie Elsie (Moore) Lewis. He grew up at Clovis, N.M., and House, N.M. and graduated from high school at House. He spent his life rodeoing and ranching. He was a charter member of the Cowboy Turtle Association which was the beginning of professional rodeo in America. In 1937, he was second for World Champion in calf roping and in 1939, he set calf and steer roping records which he held for many years. In 1940, he married Pauline Burk who preceded him in death in 1951.
On Sept. 24, 1952, he married Dessie Hylton. They came to Hitchcock County in 1953, where he ranched and helped organize rodeos in Southwest Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. He owned a horse named Bullet that was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Colorado Springs, Colo.
He served as a judge for the American Quarter Horse Association and was a member of the Culbertson Masonic Lodge No. 174 at Culbertson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pauline; and two brothers, Roland "Pat" Lewis and Elvin "Rusty" Lewis.
Survivors include two sons, Pat Ed Lewis and wife, Ronda and Roger Dee Lewis and wife, Lisa all of Trenton; one sister, Hoyt "Woots" M. Roy of Shallow Water, Texas; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at the Lakeside Central High School in Trenton with Johnny Walker and the Rev. Fay Ann Blaylock officiating. Interment will be at the Cornell Cemetery at Trenton.
Friends may call at the Herrmann Funeral Chapel in Trenton.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.