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James Morgan Lewis

June 11, 1940 - May 12, 2020

James Morgan Lewis James Morgan Lewis
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James Morgan Lewis, 79, of Geneva passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Jim was born on June 11, 1940 to Claude and Margaret “Jean” (ne Morgan) Lewis at the family home in Elizabethtown KY.   Although his family moved to Chicago when he was 12, Kentucky would always hold a special place in Jim’s heart and throughout his life, he frequently returned to his beloved Blue Grass state.

In Chicago, Jim lived on Halsted St. and later, as a young adult, he  bought a 3-flat on Diversey Parkway.  He graduated from Lane Technical High School in 1958 and received an honorable discharge from the Marines in 1964.

Jim spent most of his professional career in the steel industry, first with    U. S. Steel in Chicago and then with Corey Steel in Cicero IL where he was an outside salesman until his retirement in 2007.

Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years, Shelley, his two sons James Morgan II (Diane) of Lake Zurich,  Todd (Kristin) of Grayslake and grandchildren Maggie, Christopher and Jenna.   He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved grandmother, Lela Lewis, and infant grandchildren Jeremy and Grace.

The family would like to thank the caregivers of Autumn Leaves Memory Care in St. Charles and Suncrest Hospice for their care and support of Jim and his family during the past few months.

Arrangements are private.   In lieu of flowers,  the family requests  donations to Cairn Rescue USA, 24 Landing Lane, West Windsor NJ 08550 ( and The American Cancer Society ( For information please call Yurs Funeral Home Geneva 630-232-7337 or


Teri and Wayne Fron from Chicago, IL

"Shell, I can't begin to express how sorry we are. Please know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers."

Mark & Judy Reynolds from Geneva, IL

"Shelly and family Our deepest sympathy to you all. Jim was a wonderful neighbor and will be missed very much.Love, Mark/Judy Rey"

Colleen & Christopher Lake from Lannon, WI

"We are deeply saddened at the news of Jim’s passing. He was such a darling man and tireless supporter of the doggies. He will be missed and our hearts and love go out to his family, Especially our friend, Shell. Love you so."

Emily Taggart from Skokie, IL

"I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family"

Beth Cardella from Roseville, MN

"We never met, but Jim's memory will live on in the Cairn lover's community. He will watch over our babies on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge until we can be reunited forever. Hugs to the family."

Marla Lunt from Mundelein , IL

"She'll my heart breaks for you. Please know you have friends here....2 legged and 4.Marla"

Thomas Kash from Frederiksted, St. CROIX US Virgin Islands, AK

"Not sure if you remember me, worked with Jim till I moved in 90 here. Sorry for your loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with you."

Sue & Mike Losinger from Grand Rapids, MI

"Dear Shell and family, the world had lost a very important person when God said "Jim, come live in Heaven and meet up with all those family and pets that have gone before you." The Rainbow bridge must be a merry place today. God bless We know how much you will miss Jim, but he will be as close ss your memories."

Helene & Chris Wood from Spring , TX

"My heart is with you and the family Shell. The love you shared so openly was a blessing to many. May God keep you strong and safe."

Shannon from St. Charles , IL

"My deepest condolences to everyone in the Lewis family. As a new employee at Autumn Leaves, I had the great honor of getting to know Jim. He had a glow about him, Hollywood star smile and I loved calling him “Jimmy” and making him smile, playing games and constantly reminding him of the love all his family and friends had for him. I’ve been in the long-term care industry for quite some time and I can honestly I haven’t seen more loving, devoted and present spouse than you Shelley. I can write for all of us at Autumn Leaves that we can take comfort that Jim’s legacy will always be with us and that you are part of our family too Shelley and look forward to your visits with our mascot dog."

Julie Dorsey-Oskerka from Carol Stream, IL

"I am so very sorry Shell. There are no words - just my heart saying I am so very very sorry."

Joan Nadolny from Crossville, TN

"Dear Shelly, So sorry for your loss but knowing Ray he was up there welcoming Jim with a big smile and a slap on his back. Love and prayers to you and all the family, Joan"

Sylvia Krpan from Sycamore, IL, IL

"So very sorry Shell, Jim was a great man. If you need anything let me know... Bless you."

Patricia Rattray from Lisle, IL

"Shell I am so sorry for your loss. May Jim's memory live on forever in your heart. They will grow more precious each day. Hugs Pat"

Johnna Mays Werner from Atoka, OK

"I am so sorry for your loss. Though we have never met, I feel like I have known the both of you forever. My prayers are with each of you, especially during this time."

Bj from Richmond, KY

"My dearest Shell, my heart hurts for you on the loss of your beloved Jim. My heart and love are with you."

Nancy Buckley from Meridian, ID

"I am so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My heart goes out to the Lewis family. You both have been in my prayers. You all have my sincerest condolences. Prayers for your healing, Shell."

Mike & Donna Delgado from Chicago , IL

"Shelly- my sincerest condolences to you & all of your family on Jim's passing.I had the privilege to be a coworker for all his tenure @ Corey Steel where he nickname me"Joe".I have a feeling he is being welcome by his "Corey" family. especially by Ray N. & Dick prayers & love to you . Mike/Donna D."

Sherri L. Casterline from Campton Hills, IL

"Shell, although I only met him once, I feel like I knew him from the pictures you have shared. I'm so very sorry for your loss, and I hope your pain eases with time."

JoAnn Woodall from Palm Beach Gardens , FL

"Shell. Jim was a super guy. He always made me laugh and was fun to be around with. I always enjoyed are mini get together‘s. He will be missed. Thinking of you often."

Russ Berry from Manassas, VA

"Sad to see the news but I hated to see him weaken over the last few years! I always looked up to Jim as my "big brother" and we shared the love of our Kentucky families and our time in Illinois. My heart aches for Shell, Todd and Jim jr. He will live in my memories."

Maggie Wilson Houtz from Dayton, OH

"We are very sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our thoughts and we wish for you an easy transition from your grief. Magda and Ed Houtz,Coco and Chloe"

Kellee Fisher from Glenview, IL

"Oh, Shell, I am so sorry. Jim was such a wonderful man. Always smiling. Love you."

Paula VonGerichten from Barrington, IL

"Shell, So sorry for you. Jim was one of the really nice guys. The World has lost a wonderful soul. May you memories comfort you. Paula and the Bedlingtons"

Denise Zoephel from Lakemoor , IL

"Shelly, so sorry to hear about Jim. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family. With sympathy and condolences, The Zoephel's."

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