Carl Thomas “Tom” Lewis, 49, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Southwest Medical Center after a long struggle with scleroderma and interstitial lung disease.
He was born Dec. 4, 1960, toDon and Janice (Kier) Lewis in Nowata, Okla.
He married Charla Dannels June 10, 1989, in Hugoton. She survives.
He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in English from Oklahoma State University, where he received “passed with distinction” honors on the English Department Graduate Entrance Examination and was one of the first English department graduate students to teach honors composition courses at OSU.
He served as instructor of English, humanities and communications department chair at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where he taught from 1987 to the present. He also taught adjunct for Seward County Community College and the University of Phoenix Online, where he was recognized as a model online instructor. He was a national and regional speaker and scholar for the Kansas Humanities Council and the Oklahoma Humanities Council, highlighted by several presentations for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum and the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. He authored articles for the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma and materials for the Kansas Humanities Council.
He was member of St. Anthony Catholic Church of Liberal, where he served as interim director of religious education, lector trainer, lector, Eucharistic minister, and greeter.
He was a member of the Seward County Historical Society Board of Directors, a volunteer counselor for the Kansas Benefit Bank, a volunteer researcher, editor and writer for nabuur.com, and volunteer reader for DistributedProofreaders.com.
Other survivors include his parents; one daughter, Robbi of the home; four sisters, Donna Laughlin, Broken Arrow, Okla., Almeda Edmondson, Vinita, Okla., Susan Riley, Delaware, Okla., and Lainy Alspach, Fort Riley; three brothers, Robert Lewis, Foyil, Okla., Wendell Edmondson, Alluwe, Okla., and Ben Lewis, Nowata, Okla.; and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
o Vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Fathers John Fahey and James Dieker presiding.
Cremation has taken place.
A register book will be available to sign from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are suggested to the Robbi Lewis Education Fund, National Jewish Health or The Buffalo Trust in care of Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 W. Second, Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may be to the family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com.