Carlton F. Lewis, 94, was called to his heavenly home peacefully on Friday, October 21, 2022, with his family by his side. He was born March 10, 1928, to Henry and Florence (Vanderlin) Lewis. Carl graduated from St. Joseph Catholic Grade School and Central Catholic High School in 1946. He served his country as a medic in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952, stationed in Bad Tolz, Nuremberg, and Munich West Germany during the Korean War. On May 22, 1954, he married Carol Ziegelbauer at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Carl worked as a bus driver for Wisconsin Public Service. He began a 24 year career with the Brown County Sheriffs Department in 1966, preforming duties as a road sergeant, detective and court officer, retiring in 1990. After retiring from the County, he became a bailiff for Judge Peter Naze and worked as a funeral assistant for Proko-Wall Funeral Home. In addition to various professional and veteran organizations, Carl was a member of the Boys’ Choir.
Carl was known for his kindness and his smile that lit up the room. That smile flashed often, as he knew someone everywhere he went. He was an honorable man who was a great provider for his family. Carl was devoted to his wife Carol, supporting her passions and later, caring for her during her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She preceded him in death just this past January. They are now reunited in paradise.
He is survived by his children, Pam (Mike) Lewis-Nabbefeldt, Paul (Terri) Lewis, Pat (Christi) Lewis and Penny (Mike) Kwaterski: grandchildren, Kristin (Danson) Lewis, Joshua (Molly) Lewis, Scott Lewis, Amber Lewis, Brett Lewis, Abbey (Alex) Baril, Sammie (Chris Gallegos) Kwaterski; Drew (Eva) Kwaterski, and Stuart (Sara) Kwaterski; great-grandsons, Walter Lewis and Henry Lewis Drummer; a great-granddaughter, Wren Kwaterski; and a great-grandchild due in February; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ziegelbauer; a special relative and friend, Steve “Nock” Nachtwey; special friends and neighbors, Rita Tilot and LeAnn Scovel; many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 67 years, he was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Gladys Ziegelbauer, and a sister, Betty Lewis.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 27th at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, 650 S. Irwin Ave. from 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Noon Thursday at the church with Rev. Finian Zaucha, officiating. Military Honors will conclude the services. Entombment will be in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. To send online condolences please visit www.prokowall.com. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund will be established.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the caregivers at Odd Fellows, Dr. Jason Hoppe, and Promedica Hospice for their kindness and care.
Definition of a Hero: “Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man.” Raymond Chandler