CARBONDALE — Lewis E. “Lew” Kagy, 85, of Carbondale, formerly of Salem, passed away at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at his home in the care of his loving family.
Lew was born April 25, 1929, in in Salem, in Marion County, to Edgar B. and Bernice B. (Barksdale) Kagy. They proceeded him in death.
Lewis was an over-the-road truck driver for 37 years. He was employed by Centralia Cartage 1958 and transferred to Carbondale in 1966. He retired from A & R Freight System located at Sikeston, Missouri. He was employed by Venture from 1990 to 1992. He then went to work for Famous Bar and later went to work for Macy’s in Carbondale.
Lew was a member of Carbondale Elk Lodge 1243. He was ER at his Elks lodge 1243. He was the past PDDGER. He was honored by the State Elks Association by making him the Elk of the Year 1998 to 1999. Lew was one of the board members of Children’s Care Corporation (CCC) for 16 and one half years. He was also a member of the Carbondale Eagle Lodge 2569. Lew enjoyed being with family and friends. Lew’s hobbies were hunting and fishing, attending ELKs functions across the state.
Lewis proudly served his country with the 82nd Air Borne with the United States Army during the Korean War.
Survivors include former wife, Helen May Kagy; and children, Candy May (husband, Glen) Smith, Randall Lewis and (wife, Edie) Kagy, Andrew Lee Kagy and Sandra Sue Kagy and (husband, Bruce Mourning) Kagy.
Lew then married Glenna Marie Young Speer and children, Barbara Annette Speer (husband, Marc) Reinholz, and James Marlow Speer. Survivors also include his brother, Howard R. Kagy of Salem, sister, Jo Anne K “Jo” and (husband E. Harold “Hal”) Lyons of Centralia.
Lew was fortunate to have grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews who loved him very much and will be missed by all. He will be sadly missed by his cat, Midnight.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Leigh; sister, Mable Claudine and Marjorie K. Martin Randloph in 2010.
Lew’s family would like to thank Southern Illinois Hospice for their loving care of Lewis Kagy and family.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in Walker Funeral Home; 112 South Poplar St., in Carbondale. Elk’s Rites will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, with Elks Lodge 1243 of Carbondale. Funeral services will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to the Children Care Corporation, sent to P.O. Box 222, Chatham, IL 62629, and Southern Illinois Hospice, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959.