July 28, 1939-May 3, 2004
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Honorable Robert J. Lewis, Jr., 64, died Monday (May 3, 2004) in Topeka, Kan.
He was born July 28, 1939, in Atwood to Robert J. and Marvel (Hotchkiss) Lewis. He graduated from Atwood Community High School in 1957.
On Sept. 2, 1961, he married Jane Sramek in Atwood.
In 1961, he earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas in history and political science. He graduated with high distinction from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1963. After graduation from law school, he served two years as assistant attorney general for the State of Kansas. In 1965, he returned to Atwood to enter private practice with his father in the firm Lewis, Lewis and Beims. During his law practice, he served as Rawlins County Attorney from 1967 to 1971. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals in January 1989.
Since 1993, he served as the designee of the Chief Justice on the Kansas Sentencing Commission and the Kansas Board of Law Examiners since 1997. IN 1991, he received the Award for Courageous Advocacy from the American College of Trial Lawyers.
He was awarded a Master of Laws in the judicial process degree from the University of Virginia in May 1998.
He was a member of the Order of the Coif, Kansas Bar Association and the Judicial Administration Division of the American Bar Association. He was also a member of the KU Alumni Association, UVA Alumni Association, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Topeka Downtown Rotary Club, the Jay Hawker Club, Topeka Inns of Court, Topeka Friends of the Zoo and the KU Williams Fund. He was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert J. Lewis Sr., on June 3, 1999; and his daughter, Lisa Lewis on Sept. 28, 2001.
Survivors include his wife, Jane; his mother, Marvel Lewis of Atwood; his sister, M. Jane Lewis of Somerset, N.J.; son, Robert Jeffrey Lewis III and wife, Victoria of Kendall Park, N.J.; daughter, Kathryn Ann and husband, William Charles Welch of Topeka; and five grandchildren.
Services are Saturday, 11 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Atwood with the Rev. Terry McGuire officiating. Private interment will be in the Atwood Fairview Cemetery.
Visitation is Friday, 12-9 p.m.
Memorials may be given to Atwood Swimming Pool Fund, Atwood Second Century Fund or the Pediatric Cardiology Program at RWJ University Hospital Foundation at New Brunswick, N.J.
Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of the arrangements.