Lewis Irlin Shore was born in Coats on Jan. 3, 1925, the son of Otis and Florence Shore, and died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. He attended a one room school on his father's farm and graduated from Coats High School, class of 1943. During the summers, he worked on his family's cattle ranch in Barber County,.
Lewis' service to his country defined his life's values, particularly when he enlisted in the Marines so that he would serve his country in World War II instead of his older brother who had confided in Lewis that he was newly married. He proudly served his country from April 14, 1944 until he was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal on Aug. 9, 1946.
He met the love of his life, Vivian Storey, where she worked behind the soda fountain at the Coats Drug Store. Vivian and Lewis were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1949 ,in Coats, where they made their home. He and Vivian worked and lived on the Shore ranch until 1957 when they moved to Big Bow, Kan., with their 4-year-old daughter, Shannon. As it was so typical of Lewis, he and Vivian immediately became involved in the community and made numerous friends. He served many years on the school board of the Big Bow Grade School and The Stanton County School Board.
He became a faithful member of the Johnson United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post #79 in Ulysses. He was a dedicated farmer and conservationist in both Barber and Stanton counties for more than 65 years, retiring in 2011.
In March of 2010, Lewis lost his dedicated wife, Vivian. Prior to her time in the long term care center, you would often see Lewis carrying Vivian's Kate Spade purse while she motivated around with her walker. He lived for seven years at the Memorial Living Center in Johnson where he loved a lively game of pitch, a good conversation with friends over lunch, and cheering on the K.U. Jayhawks. Lewis moved to Overland Park in September 2011 and enjoyed daily visits from his family.
In addition to his wife, Lewis is preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Lucille Shore, and his sister and brother-in-law, Ella Catherine and Deane Highfill.
Lewis leaves behind his only child, Shannon Howell and her husband, Richard; his grandchildren, Patrick Howell and Kelly Howell Bukaty and her husband, Nate; and his 20-year-old great grandson, Benjamin Patrick Bukaty and 2-week-old great granddaughter, Ophelia Josephine Bukaty, all of Overland Park.
He was known fondly as "Uncle Louie" to his nieces and nephews, Lou Lynn Moss, Pratt, Prudy and Ken Lewton and Jim Shriver, all of Coats, Gary and Carolyn Highfill, Cameron, Mo., Judy and Mitch Counce, Dodge City, Lana Lanning, Grapevine, Texas and Joe Lanning, Denver, Colo.
To honor and celebrate Lewis Shore's abundant life, a visitation is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17 from 1 to 2 pm at the Larrison Mortuary in Pratt, followed by graveside services at 3:00 pm at the Coats Cemetery.
A heartfelt thank you to the staff at The Sweet Life of Brookdale Place, Brighton Gardens of Prairie Village, and Odyssey Hospice for their care of Lewis.
Friends may make a donation in Lewis' memory to the Storehouse Food Pantry, c/o Angela Morris, P.O. Box 473, Johnson, KS 67855