Columbus, OH — Michael R. Lewis, 74, of Fostoria, Ohio, passed away Sunday (Dec. 5) at Blanchard Valley Hospital, in Findlay, Ohio, with his family by his side.
He was born March 21, 1947, in Bowling Green, Ohio, to Norman and Irene (Hummel) Lewis. He married Daisy Augsburger Oct. 23, 1970, in New Rochester, Ohio. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Daisy Lewis of Fostoria; daughter, Dawn (Jack) Hartley Jr. of Fostoria; son, Jason Lewis of Tiffin; two grandchildren, Carmen and Victoria Lewis; brother, Larry (Jean) Lewis of Bowling Green; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas Lewis; and granddaughter, Avery Lewis.
Lewis was a manager at Honeywell, in Fostoria, and retired in 2000. He was a 1965 graduate of Elmwood High School and a 1969 graduate of Bowling Green State University. Mike was a member of Sportsmen, Eagles and Moose clubs, as well as the National Rifle Association. He loved fishing, trap shooting and horse racing. Mike was very devoted to his family and friends, and encouraged his kids to always follow their dreams.
Lewis owned Standardbred horses for 38 years, with the most prominent being his partial ownership of great trotter Overcomer. Overcomer won over $405,000 in his racing career from 1985 to 1988, and stood stud from 1989 to 2003 with winners of $25 million. For the last 13 years, Lewis entrusted the conditioning of his animals for the last 13 years to trainer Danny Collins. Collins took over the training of Overcomer in his 4-year-old campaign, when he took his lifetime mark.
His funeral will be at 12 p.m. Friday (Dec. 10) at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, with Pastor Mark Self officiating. Burial will be at Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria. Visitation will be 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 9) at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association.