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Description: obituary of Dell, Lewis Theodore

Date: September 16 2009

Newspaper published in: Pittsfield

Lewis Theodore Dell, 89, died at Liberty Village in Pittsfield Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009.
Lewis was born at his grandmother Caughlan's home in Pittsfield Feb. 3, 1920 to Orien and Mary Caughlan Dell. He graduated from New Salem High School in 1937 and began his life career on the family farm. He was married to Miriam Louise Dunham Christmas Day 1942 until her death in 1980. Lewis was married to Hilda Dunham from 1982-2001.
Lewis is survived by his son, Dennis Dell and wife Michelle of rural New Salem; daughters Cheri Myers and husband Gene of rural New Salem and Jo Ann Booth and husband Ron of Pittsfield.
He is also survived by grandchildren, Dr. Brian Myers and wife Margaret, of Florida; Jason Dell of rural New Salem; Andrew Booth of Bethalto; Brandon Lewis Dell of Arizona; Emily Myers of Quincy; Veronika Booth Terpstra and husband Michael of rural Pearl. Step-grandchildren include Tracie Fentress, husband Greg and Aaron Grimsley of rural New Salem.
Great-grandchildren include Timothy Myers and Anthony Lewis Myers of Florida; Ethan Booth of Bethalto; Addie Terpstra of rural Pearl; Libbie-Ann Dell of Arizona and step-grandchild, Rachel Fentress of Griggsville. Lewis is also survived by three sisters, Nola Ewing and Marianna Manton of Arizona and Dorothy Gleckler of Pittsfield.
His parents, his wife, Miriam; grandchildren Cindy Jo Booth, Heidi and Heather Myers and a brother Jerry Dell of Wisconsin preceded him in death.
Lewis Dell devoted his entire life to farming, family, church, and community. In 1987 Lewis wrote a community history of the neighborhood he grew up in as a tribute to that life and the history was dedicated with love to his children and grandchildren.
Lewis was a charter member of the Country Couples group which formed in 1951 from the Rural Youth group. He was a 4-H leader, a member of the Illini Hospital board and was a member of the fundraising committee to build Illini Hospital. Lewis served as a Pike County Farm Bureau Director for 21 years and was president for four years. He was President of the Pike County Cancer Society board, Bay Creek Watershed committee; President of Pittsfield High School P.T.A; Pike County Color Drive Chairman; Pike County Barn Tour Chairman; Pork Producers board; New Horizons Lake Committee; and Hospital Volunteer. Lewis served as a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years as well as youth group leader and lay preacher. Countless lives were influenced by his dedicated teaching and encouragement. Lewis was a member of the First Christian Church in Pittsfield where he was awarded the Elder Emeritus award.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Pittsfield First Christian Church with Michael TenEyck officiating. Burial will be in the Pittsfield West Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, Sept. 17 after 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Pittsfield or the Pike County 4-H Foundation both c/o the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home, Box 513 Pittsfield, Il. 62363. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Submitted: 09/21/09

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