Craig Lewis

Craig Ray Lewis, age 57, of Sumas, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Bellingham after a courageous battle with cancer. Craig was born Dec. 13, 1960 in Baltimore, Maryland. He grew up in Frankford, West Virginia, where he graduated from high school at Greenbrier East in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

During his school years he worked for many area farmers. His work career included working for the Hammond Mitchell paper mill in Virginia and in dam construction at Back Creek Dam. Craig became an ironworker and worked various construction jobs as a crane operator. He also spent several years in construction in Dallas, Texas, and then started operating crane for Temcor, constructing domes for various commercial uses including the dome over the Omaha Zoo. Craig came to Sumas to construct a dome over the Sumas water tower and that is where he met Geri on Nov. 30, 2001. They were married Feb. 5, 2002 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Craig also worked for Northwest Chip & Grind and Lankhaar Trucking LLC until January 2017.

Craig was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Edna Lewis; sister Bridgett Lewis; and nephew Shane Austin Lewis.

Craig is survived by his wife of 15 years, Geri; daughter Amy Vaughan (Hank) and grandchildren Lilly, Asher and River, all of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; stepson Casey Bauter of Sumas; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles; also father and mother-in-law, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and numerous nephews and nieces. Special mention to Cecil and Beth Mullins of Frankford, Jerry and Lucy Farwell of Deming, and Carl Bronkema of Sumas.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Sumas American Legion Post #212, 134 Harrison St., Sumas, WA 98295 with Carl Bronkema officiating. A reception will follow.

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