Born April 23, 1912 in Oakland, California, passed away July 26, 2011 in Sacramento. Graduated from Oakland High School. He worked for Optima Cigar Company and then Wells Fargo Bank for a number of years before entering the U.S. Navy in October of 1940 prior to World War II.
He attended US Navy Radio School at Yerba Buena Island and was then stationed at San Diego. From there he sailed to Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Enterprise where he was assigned to the USS Argonne. He was stationed on the Argonne the morning of December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Shortly after, he volunteered for PT Boat duty and was assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 1 based on the island of Kauai. In late April of 1942 MTB Ron 1 put to sea for Midway Island, being refueled by destroyer while underway. They arrived at Midway in time to participate in the battle where he received a Purple Heart for being wounded. After Midway he returned to the U.S. on the battleship California and then was sent to MTB School in Melville, Rhode Island. Afterwards he was assigned to MTB Ron 25 and saw duty in Panama, the New Guinea/Solomon Islands area, and the Philippines. He later attended advanced radio school and was discharged in October 1945 with the rate of Radioman First Class.
After the War he attended Sacramento State College and obtained a B.A. degree in business. He worked for the State of California for 25 years. In 1951 he married Muriel and they were together for 54 years.
Lewis was preceded in death by Muriel, as well as his mother Clara Hess and his father Irving Hess, by a sister Charlotte who died in childhood and by his sister Helen Sheehan [OHS 1934] who passed away earlier this year in Honolulu.
He is survived by his son Robert Hess (Debbie), grandson Joshua Hess (Lisa), step-grandsons Joshua Keillor (Breana) and Adam Keillor (Courtney), and step-granddaughter Michelle Morlan, as well as step-great grandchildren Ryan Keillor and Noah Keillor, and Michael and Elizabeth Morlan.
At his request, any service will be family only. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be sent to Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903.