Lewis Oliver Wing III, age 91, of McGill, Nevada passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019 at his residence.
Lewis was born April 11, 1927 in Jamestown, New York to Lewis Oliver Wing II and Iva B Colburn and sisters Hazel and Juanita. His parents later divorced and his mother remarried Lawrence Shortridge. Sister’s Hazel and Juanita took the Shortridge last name and Lewis’s name was altogether changed to Russell Shortridge.
On October 12, 1935 his mother Iva, was killed in a car accident. Two weeks later Juanita and Russell (Lewis Wing) were placed in a orphanage, Randolph Children’s Home. Three years later his father, Lewis Oliver Wing II and mom Dorothy Wing, and brothers Richard and Larry found them and brought them home to California.
On October 24, 1944, Lewis enlisted into the US Naval Service and served in WWII. He had been stationed on the NTS San Diego California, USS Savo Island CVE-78 and Yonabaru Naval Air Station Okinawa.
Lewis had many jobs throughout life to include Motor Rewinder, Contractor, Rancher, Maintenance Manager and Business owner. He lived in many places; Chico, Sacramento, Willows, Mendocino, Fort Bragg, and Barstow, California; LaPlace and New Iberia, Louisiana; Salem, Arkansas, Cainsville and Ridgeway, Missouri and McGill, Nevada. Lewis was also an inventor having patents in 1993 – Automatic Pet Feeder and 1994 -Light Shrouds for Highway signs. He could never see himself retiring as he enjoyed working.
When he wasn’t working he was an active partner in business ventures in Ranching, small gold dredging and a water plant. Lewis finally did retire in June of 1994. After that he kept himself busy building a home, caring for his farm and building furniture for his home. He loved watching old Western Movies and keeping up with current politics, events and news. He was a walking talking almanac with an amazing imagination and memory. He was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed cooking and spending time with his family, friends telling stories and memories. He was well known for writing emails and letters for anything from correspondence with family and friends, political support, consumer complaints, to news and information corrections.
He was fondly called Screwie Lewie and he was a rare combination of someone who loved life and a firm understanding of what was important,the simplicity of living a life with those you love. Of all the people he touched, both willingly and unwillingly, his proudest was his 57 year marriage to Ardith James Wing. His hardest loss was her passing in 2009, and the passing of his daughters Sharlene Grant in 2015 and Sheila Bogoger in 2018.
Lewis Wing III is survived by sons; “Buddy” Lewis Oliver (Linn)Wing IV and Ronnie Bartell; and daughter, Peggy Wing. Grandchildren; Tamara Rene (Wayne) Zolondek, Tia (Mike) Ott, Sabrina (Jim) Bullitt, Janine (Scott) Trujillo, Kaylene Sankovich, Jon Grant, Kristopher Grant, Cindy Schafler and Anthony Bartell. 18 great grandchildren and 4 ½ great great grandchildren. Sister-in-law Susie (Joe) Catanzareti, nephews Joseph Catanzareti and Matt Ramsey, nieces, Linda Hesse and Beth Hesse. Dearest friend Keith (Paula) Carson and beloved wiener dog, Willy.
His last wish was to donate his body to science to assist with all scopes of medical education. There are no services at this time.