~ IN MEMORY ~
USAF veteran, DL Capt. Richard A. Lewis
December 8, 1938 ~ November 2, 2019
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Richard Arthur Lewis, age 80. Captain Lewis joined Delta Air Lines 06-02-1969 and retired with Delta in December 1998, based 030/DFW. Widowed in May 2019 with the passing of his wife Madeline, Captain Lewis is survived by their children and grandchildren.
Captain Lewis’ obituary may be viewed online at
As well, both obituaries appear below.
The Lewis’ had most recently resided at 233 Dogwood Lakes Cir., Bullard, TX 75757.
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~ Carol for the PCN
I was born Richard Arthur Lewis at Hamilton Army Airfield, San Francisco, CA, 8 December 1938. I was the son of an Army Air Corps pilot. I was born with unruly fly-away hair, and a personality to match. My school years were spent wandering the globe with my parents William and Eleanor Lewis, and my brother Edward. I went to 17 schools in my first 12 years of schooling.
I graduated from the University of Utah, despite my efforts to the contrary. My swim coach told me 'grades or no swimming.' I wanted to swim. I was a "2.0 and go" guy, but I graduated.
I followed my dad's footsteps and became a pilot. I flew C-118/135/141s serving 9 years in the USAF. In 1969 I started flying for Delta Airlines. I retired with more than 25,000 hours of flight time. I briefed my Delta crews before each flight that I was just doing the job for greens fees and golf tees, so we should do it right.
Very early on, I married and had two children BJ and Don. I am not perfect, and life happens, so I had a second chance at marriage. I married my soulmate and, in that union, I got a bonus daughter TW, a bonus brother James, and a circle of amazing friends I considered family.
After retiring, we moved to our dream home in a golf course community. There I spent time playing golf, travelling, telling lies with the "Dew Boys", enjoying the Italian food created by my talented wife, dedicating time to the Wounded Warrior Project, and enjoying family and friends. We particularly relished our Christmas gatherings where everyone had to roll their own ravioli.
My soulmate, Madeline, passed before me, so I am now happily reunited with her, having passed away with family holding me close on 2 November 2019.
Thank you to all the wonderful caregivers at Grand Brook Memory Care and Anchor of Hope Hospice in Grapevine, Texas. Every single person treated me and my family with love and respect every moment I was in their care.
To my family and friends- live your best life, pay yourself first, laugh and love a lot, make mischief, never quit, and treat everyone with honor and respect.
I think Katherine Hepburn said it best, "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!"
My Funeral Mass will be at 2 pm on 15 November at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 18221 FM 2493, Flint, TX 75762.
November 3, 1942 - May 25, 2019
Obituary for Madeline Lewis
Madeline Lewis passed away on May 25th in the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Texas. She was born Madeline Intermagio on November 3, 1942 in Scranton, PA to Frances and Benjamin Intermagio.
Madeline had a successful Real Estate career in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and then moved to the Tyler area to retire with her husband Richard. They both enjoyed playing golf and traveling. She was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Church and met life-long friends here. She is survived by her loving family including her husband, Richard; daughter, Tanya Wazney; brother, James Intermagio; her stepdaughter, Barbara Lewis and stepson, Don Lewis. She had many incredibly caring and close friends.