Thomas A. “Arnie” Lewison, age 90, of Viroqua passed away on Sunday, February 28th at the Vernon Manor. Arnold was born on September 8th, 1930 in Franklin Township, Vernon County, to Thomas and Addie (Sorrom) Lewison. He was baptized and confirmed at the North Kickapoo Lutheran Church. Arnold attended Ole Torger School and graduated in 1949 from Viroqua High School. Arnold joined the Air Force and served 28 years serving overseas in Europe, the Middle East and in the Far East including Vietnam. Arnold retired from the Air Force in 1978 as a Chief Master Sergeant. He returned to the family farm to live with his mother to help with her care. Arnold also assisted his sister Doris Ames and her husband Verlyn with chores around their feed store in Retreat. After the death of Arnold’s mother, he moved to Viroqua and enjoyed life with his special friend Martha Burns and her family. They enjoyed fishing, boating, traveling, and family gatherings. Arnold was an active member of the Kickapoo United Lutheran Church, serving on the church council, helping with communion, and working with various committees.
Survivors include his sister, Catherine (Tim) Ofte, Martha Burns and her daughters Mini Hirshfield and Ruthie Lepke; nephews David Lewison, Rodney (Deb) Ofte, Daniel (Barb) Ames; nieces Mary (Mike) Christopherson and Linda Servais, great nephew Eain Servais and great nieces Brenna Servais, Anna and Kari Ofte. As well as other relatives and friends.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Tilmer (Ellen) Lewison; sisters and brother-in-law Joan (Oliver) Potts, Doris (Verlyn) Ames; brother-in-law Olaf Gronvold; niece Marie Lewison; nephews Brent and Jeffrey Ames; special people Tommy Burns, Cheryl Zitzner, Danny Lepke, and Bob Hirschfield.
Arnold will be sadly missed. Blessed be his memory.
Thank you to Pastor Miller, Vernon Manor, and St. Croix Hospice. The family suggests memorials be made to the Kickapoo United Lutheran Cemetery Fund. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 6th at 11 a.m. at The Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua Pastor Chuck Miller officiating. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. Military Rites will be provided by the Running Johnson Ray V.F.W. Post 3032, Jacobson-Olson American Legion Post 138 and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.
The Thorson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Viroqua is proudly serving the family.
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