May 17, 1951 ~ March 28, 2021

Born in: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

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Michael “Mike” Thomas Lewis, 69, born May 17, 1951, and passed away March 28, 2021. Survived by loving wife of 50 years, Julie; daughter, Danielle Lewis; sons, Todd (Christy), Justin (Jennie) and Christopher (Katelyn); sister, Ann Swain; brother, Philip Lewis; grandchildren, Mallorie (Cody) Miller, Garret and Jace Lewis and Gemma and Noah Lewis; great-granddaughter, Aspen Miller; nine nieces; and nine nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Curtis and Thelma Lewis; brothers, Curtis Jr. (Susie) and Bobby Lewis. Michael was a 42 year resident of the Greenhorn Valley. Holy Rosary at, St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 8006 Hwy 165, Rye, at 1:30 p.m. April 26, 2021 followed by Mass of Remembrance at 2:00pm. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Full obituary and online condolences at www.MontgomerySteward.com

 

Dad’s Obituary

          Mike’s formative years were spent in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  He attended St. John’s Catholic school for 12 years, where he enjoyed playing basketball and football.  During his time at St. John’s he lettered in both sports, and his team won a state championship in basketball.  He formed many lifelong friendships during those formative years.

Morgan horses became a major interest for Mike starting in high school.  He payed for his beloved horse, Gus, by cleaning and doing odd jobs for a neighboring Morgan horse farm.  He brought Gus home knowing that there would be no barn for the horse.  Gus was first kept in a chicken coup until the floor rotted and was then kept in the garage until Mike’s Dad finally built a barn.  Mike was involved in the 4-H Horsemanship program and showed Gus competitively in Showmanship, Western riding, and other disciplines.  He won the top Michigan senior award for horsemanship.  He also won numerous trophies and awards at other horse shows, helped co-host a 4-H radio show, and was 4-H Youth Ambassador to Washington D.C.  Upon settling in Colorado, he continued with horse shows and developed exceptional skill with horse driving, competing at the Colorado State Fair Parade multiple times in the 1980’s.

Mike was a hard-working and devoted family man with a strong work ethic.  His original career choice revolved around horses; in fact, he had studied in the Pre-Med program at Eastern Michigan University and had been accepted into the veterinarian program at Colorado State University after marriage.  However, he selflessly abandoned that pathway to support his loving wife Julie while she finished college and had the first of what eventually grew to a family of four children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  He started work in the warehouse of what was then the McCoy Company, which later became Wagner Equipment Company (in 1976) and worked his way up from there, working on a business degree at the University of Colorado and eventually becoming a salesman with a territory based out of Pueblo, Colorado.  He was well-respected by his peers and clients for his keen financial mind, his respect for the worth and dignity of all whom he worked with, and his ability to think “outside of the box” to meet his clients’ needs.  He won numerous sales awards and was consistently recognized as one of the top Caterpillar salesmen in Colorado, let alone the United States.  He was justifiably proud of the 46 years that he worked for McCoy and then Wagner, and at the time of his retirement was second in work longevity at the company to only Joseph Wagner, the owner.

Mike lived his entire life in high gear, enjoying a wide variety of activities that centered on travel and being outdoors.  His diverse interests included: boating, water- and snow-skiing, four‑wheeling, motorcycling, snowmobiling, fishing, scuba diving, hunting, all shooting sports, archery, Corvette racing and touring, car showing and both national/international travel.  Mike was always a generous man, eager to share these interests with family and friends.  It gave him great joy to do so.

Mike helped others without seeking recognition because he had clear vision to see where help was needed, and he was always happy to oblige.  He worked to support various charities through his church, religious affiliations, and clubs.  He was a volunteer coach for elementary school basketball and 4-H shooting sports.  He helped with food distribution through the SHARE Colorado program to his community through St. Aloysius Catholic Church.  He also donated usage of the heavy equipment and performed all of the initial clearing and grading for the rodeo arena in Colorado City, Colorado near Lake Beckwith and voluntarily cleared many neighbors’ roads over several days following one historically heavy snowfall in the early 1980’s.

Mike was famous for captivating audiences with his extraordinary gift of storytelling.  His stories were always honest; however, he often took the liberty of adding “extra color” to his stories, making them even more memorable.  His story of the black bear getting into the house to eat Julie’s blueberry coffee cake is legendary.

Mike was proud of his heritage.  He enjoyed investigating his Scottish roots on the Isle of Skye in 2015, with Julie, Danielle, and Chris.  While visiting Scotland, Mike finally learned how to properly enjoy a glass of Scotch.  Since 1970, when Mike asked Julie’s parents for her hand in marriage, Mike never liked Scotch because Julie’s father, an old WWII Marine Colonel, tricked him into drinking an entire glass of Chivas Regal in one gulp.  The whole glass of Scotch got stuck halfway down Mike’s throat and he had two options: either spit it out or swallow it.  Mike chose the second option so as not to lose face with Julie’s father and he paid the burning price later.

Mike always loved, supported, and protected his family no matter what, always putting himself last.  Rest in Peace without pain Mike, knowing that you were loved, admired, and respected.  We will never forget your broad smile, generous heart, selflessness, devotion to family, and fast-paced love of life.

 

Memorials can be made to the following in Mike’s honor:

Catholic Charities of Pueblo Diocese

429 W. 10th Street Pueblo, CO 81003

 

Sangre de Cristo Hospice of Pueblo

1920 Valley Drive

Pueblo, CO 81008

 

Services

Rosary: April 26, 2021 1:30 pm

St. Aloysius Catholic Church
8006 Highway 165 West
Rye, CO 81069

719-489-3543

Funeral Mass: April 26, 2021 2:00 pm

St. Aloysius Catholic Church
8006 Highway 165 West
Rye, CO 81069

719-489-3543

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  1. CandleImageMike
    Fondest memories of you. You were joyful to be around. I was happy to see you st our 50th class reunion. Wishing peaceful memories to your family.

  2. CandleImageI will always remember epic family get-togethers – treasured memories of Euchre and fruit cake. Uncle Mike had a mischevious laugh when trading vivid stories with the family. Julie, Chris, Danielle, Justin, and Todd – I am sending thoughts your way!

  3. CandleImageMike was the best brother in law I could have ever hoped for. He was always so kind to me and quietly went out of his way to unconditionally accommodate me in my silly teenage years and later in my visits with Brandon & Sarah. His love of family was obvious. He made sure to attend pretty much EVERY extended family event, near or far. We all knew that we could always rely on Mike and Julie. Mike loved life so much and it’s difficult to grasp that he completed his earthly task at age 69, but God called him home, and who are we to argue? I give thanks and praise to God for blessing my sister with such a worthy spouse, and for blessing our family with such a wonderful man. Gosh, will we ever miss you, Mike. Rest In Peace and please pray for us.

  4. Julie, we were so saddened to learn of Mike’s death. We wish for you and your beautiful family comfort and the peace of Christ during the difficult days ahead. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely, Melissa and Michael Parks

  5. CandleImageDear Julie and family, We were so saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. It was a blessing for us to get to know you both through Mike’s local Corvette Club. He also encouraged us to visit the Isle of Skye when we visited Scotland and we had the opportunity to think of him often. Our most sincere condolences to your entire family.
    Wayne and Bonnie Pinkstaff

  6. Brian and Pam Dougherty. We have nothing but the fondest memories of Mike, and of all of his family. What a wonderful, positive man who was always a joy to be around. His passing is so sad, but Julie and all the family can be very proud of the man he was. Our deepest sympathies.

  7. Julie, Betsy and I are so shocked and saddened by Mike’s passing. Mike and all the “west slope” sales guys spent so many fun hours at our sales meetings shooting guns, riding jet skis and telling lies to each other that it’s hard to imagine him being gone. My favorite memory of him was at the Caterpillar regional meetings, when they would test us on our knowledge and Mike would smoke everybody in the country. I was honored to count him as a fellow “Cat salesman” and Wagner cohort.

  8. To Julie and family…..We are so saddened to learn of Mike’s passing……We enjoyed getting to know you and Mike….Don always looked forward to seeing Mike when Don was at Prowers County Road and Bridge and Mike called on him for Wagner Equipment……We have you all in our thoughts and prayers….We also seeing you at the State Fair with your horses….
    Sincerely,
    Don and Linda Koehn

  9. Dear Julie and Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express how much my heart aches for you. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

  10. I work with Mike for many years @ Wagner Equipment. I know how much his family meant to him.
    Julie, I’m sorry to hear this.

    RIP Mike.

  11. Julie & Family. I am so sorry to hear that Mike has passed. I enjoyed working with Mike all those years @ Wagner’s . He taught me so much about heavy equipment and I loved when he went on vacation because I knew when he returned he would set up a slide show of pictures of all the fun things you guys did on vacation. He loved his family & was so proud of all his children and the love of his life, Julie. Rest in Peace. Mike

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