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| December/January 1990

  • Memoriam

  • Memoriam

TOM 'TOMMY' LEWIS, 68, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio passed away August 28, 1990. He died trying to shield two bank employees with his own body during a bank robbery. One of the employees was also shot to death and the second was critically injured.

Tom was a peace loving man who never owned a weapon. He was a Medic during World War II, and was active in the V.F.W. He was employed by the town of Pleasant Hill, Ohio and worked at the cemetery. He was known as the 'Mayor of Marble City, with 2500 people under him.'

Tom was a charter member of the Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Portland, Indiana. He was extremely proud and delighted with the special plaque awarded to the charter members at the 25th anniversary Portland Show on the Saturday before his death.

He loved to rebuild an old rusty wreck of an engine and get it running like a top. He was a great swapper and trader, and must have owned a third of the engines in this part of the country at one time or another.

Tom was well known at all the engine shows in western Ohio and eastern Indiana. He was deeply respected by all who knew him and he loved all his friends. We miss him so very much.

He is survived by his sister, Ellen Mae Murphy, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio.


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