Duane Griffin Lewis, Sr. (1936 – 2008)

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PHILLIPS – Duane Griffin Lewis, Sr., 72 of 4 Maple Lane in Phillips, died peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on Nov. 8. 2008. His fight with cancer was sudden and brief.

Duane was born in Boothbay Harbor on July 1, 1936. Son to Eldred Raymond and Winnifred Velma Griffin Lewis.

Graduating from Boothbay High in the class of 1954. He enlisted into the Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict.

In 1958, he married his lifelong love and friend, Barbara Louise Adams of Bath. Their 50-year anniversary was Nov. 9.

In 1961, he joined the Maine Warden Service and was stationed in Wayne, Princeton, Bridgton and when promoted to Sergeant, moved to Phillips with his family in 1971.

Duane was a founding member of the Maine Warden Service Relief Association. He also taught at Warden School and headed up many undercover investigations.

After retiring in 1982, he and his wife ran Grant’s Camps and John Pond and developed their own fly-fishing camps, Fox-Carlton. Finally, spending the last few years at their “little piece of heaven” at Riverhigh, which he built.

Most recently, he was an active member of the North Franklin Snowmobile Club, where he served as Trailmaster.

Duane was an avid outdoorsman, who loved fly-fishing and hunting and sharing his knowledge of the outdoors and warden stories with his family. Most of all, was his love of family and friends and many happy times, which will be remembered by his son Raymond and wife Stephanie, grandson Raymond Darrell, whom he named “Hunter,” granddaughters Christine Louise “Gunner” and Brittany Strout “Forest,” all of Wilton, Duane’s brother Barry and his wife Ebbie of British Columbia, many nieces, nephews, cousins, son Duane G. Lewis of Kentucky and his family and finally his ever faithful dog Gus.

Duane was predeceased by his parents, brothers Gerald and Winston Lewis and daughter-in-law Kathy Lewis.

Duane may be gone, but is and always will be forever in our hearts.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Phillips Congregational Church, followed by a gathering at Phillips Community Center. Pastor, Sue Kaplan Burgess will be officiating and the Maine Warden’s Service Honor Guard will be taking part.

Friends wishing may send donations to: Maine Warden Service Assoc. C/O Chris Dyer, PO Box 27, Morrill, Me. 04952. Or North Franklin Snowmobile Club C/O Dianna Hall, 172 Toothaker Pond Road, Phillips, Maine 04966

Arrangement under the care and direction of Dan and Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine.

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