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Fred Donald “Donnie” LewisPassing: January 18, 2022


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Monday, January 24th @ 2:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday, January 24th @ 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


No Burial

MITCHELL – Fred Donald “Donnie” Lewis, 77, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born March 22, 1944, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Frank Burton and Goldie (Hopkins) Lewis.  He married Sandra Kay Guthrie May 17, 1983.

Donnie had been employed at Regal Beloit for 25 years, Visteon, and retired from Baxter.  He loved to fish, hunt, and watch racing.   Donnie was proud of his family, a friend to everyone, and would do anything for anyone. He attended the Bride of Christ Fellowship. Donnie was a graduate of Mitchell High School in 1962 and received a bachelor’s degree from Northwood Institute.

Donnie was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of American Legion Post No. 250 Honor Guard.

Surviving:             wife, Sandra Lewis of Mitchell

                       children, Mark (Tony) Lewis of New York

                                      Marty (Monica) Lewis of Indianapolis

                                      Jason (Sylvia) Lewis of Seattle

                                      Trevor Guthrie of Mitchell

                                      Teesa (Chris) Fitzpatrick of Mitchell

                                      Allison (Chris) Hale of Ferdinand

             grandchildren, Andrew, Walt, Gwenna, Elizabeth, Katherine, Tristan, Grant, Tyler, Kyle,

                                     Darby, and Dillon

                                      3 great grandchildren

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January, 24, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.  Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.  Due to Covid-19, guests are required to wear a mask.

Memorial Gifts:  American Legion Post No. 250

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18 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Gay Strauss | Newburgh
    Date: January 27, 2022
    I was friends with Donnie Lewis and Nancy many years ago at Mitchell Presbyterian Church. I was privileged to also be neighbors with Mark and Marty and watch them grow up in our neighborhood. I am so sorry for your loss! Don was always such a nice man! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
  2. Guest: Alverta Hart | Mitchell, In 47446
    Date: January 24, 2022
    Donnie was Bud's fishing buddy and he was a very good friend. Always ready to help me if I needed help taking Bud to the doctor's or helping getting him out of the house into the car. A lot of times he just came in and sat with Bud and kept him company. He loved his Lord, very good Christian man and his family. Prayers for the family..
  3. Guest: Rev Walter Griffith | Lincoln City Oregon
    Date: January 23, 2022
    I was Don’s pastor from 1973-1981 at the Mitchell Presbyterian Church. Don and Nancy had us as guests for dinner and other fun times over the years. Don took me under his wing to show me things I knew nothing about; hunting and cooking mushrooms, coon hunting, going out in the country to find a big Christmas tree for the church Annex. After dinner after church at their home, Don took out his 12 gauge shotgun and walked with me down to a pond on their property. I had never shot a shotgun in my life. I was still dressed in my Sunday suit. He handed me the gun without any instructions, other than to point the gun across the pond and pull the trigger. When I pulled the trigger, the recoil knocked me on my butt in an instant. He told me afterwards that I needed to hold the stock of the gun tight against my shoulder. I have always remembered that lesson. Don was a devout Christian. When he was chosen to be a Deacon, he shared his faith, compassion, and love genuinely with all those who needed encouragement. He brought Stan Edward’s and his family to church and to faith in Christ. Just before I left the church in Mitchell, Don met a couple of severe blows to his faith and life that shook him to the core. I am thankful he was able to move on and find happiness again. He was a genuine friend to all who knew him. He was a great blessing to my life and my early years of ministry.
  4. Guest: Larry D. Bennett | Mitchell, IN
    Date: January 21, 2022
    Donnie and I were neighbors for 50 years. He was a good and respectful neighbor, the kind everyone wants to have. My condolences to Sandy and the rest of the family. You will be in my prayers.
  5. Guest: Rita Hopkins Bowman | Bedford
    Date: January 21, 2022
    I "m sorry for your loss. I am a first cousin of Donnie as we called him as children. My dad ( Leonard) was brother to Goldia, Donnie's mother. Also I was good friends to Bonnie Stultz, her husband Burton and their girls ( Donnie's aunt.) I had lost contact of where he was but knew he went by Fred ( his uncle Fred Hopkins) was where he got his name Fred. I remember Marty and Mark when goldie was still living. She sure did love them.
    Date: January 21, 2022
    Sandy, Trevor and family, So sorry to hear this Donnie was a good man, worked with him at Regal-Beloit. You all will be in our thoughts & prayers! Michelle Williams
  7. Guest: Al and Janet Magee | Richmond, IN
    Date: January 21, 2022
    We offer the Lewis family our thoughts and prayers.
  8. Guest: Scott Kleindorfer | Bedford, IN
    Date: January 21, 2022
    Very sorry to hear this. I will be thinking of you.
  9. Guest: Jeff and Joni Michael | Peachtree City, GA
    Date: January 21, 2022
    Mark and Tony, We are so sorry for your loss.
  10. Guest: Paula Caudell | Mitchell, In.
    Date: January 21, 2022
    Dan and I are saddened by the news of the passing of Donnie. Our prayers and condolences to his wife Sandy and his entire family. We know he will be greatly missed. Heaven has another new angel.
  11. Guest: Teri Fields | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: January 21, 2022
    Sandy& Darby, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs your way. Teri
  12. Guest: Ron Chastain | McCordsville, IN
    Date: January 20, 2022
    I stayed over night with Donnie several times at the farm, likewise he stayed with us. A funny classmate, we were buddies for years. RIP Donnie.
  13. Guest: Chris Mannix | Bedford, IN
    Date: January 20, 2022
    Sorry for your loss Marty and family! Prayers to all!
  14. Guest: James H Ely | BOWLING GREEN , KY
    Date: January 20, 2022
    Don and I go back many years. I worked with Don at U S Gypsum and Regal Beloit Corp. Don and I took off on our motorcycles and rode down the west coast of Fla and made a loop and rode back up the East side. We had a Great 7 day trip. I'll miss ya My Friend.
  15. Guest: John Hardman | Bloomington, In
    Date: January 20, 2022
    Sorry to see another classmate has passed on! Prayers and condolences for Don’s family! 🙏❤
  16. Guest: William Pastors | Albuquerque New Mexico
    Date: January 20, 2022
    Thank you for your wisdom, friendship and the love you had for the family. I’m happy you’re home but know you will be missed!!
  17. Guest: Tony & Diane Nugent | Mitchell
    Date: January 20, 2022
    Tessa and Family, Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You All. Thank You For Your Service Donnie.
  18. Guest: Kim Rager Ferguson | Mitchell Indiana
    Date: January 20, 2022
    Mark I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Keeping you in my prayers.