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James L. Lewis

James L. Lewis, age 71, passed away surrounded by family, in Sebring, Florida on January 25, 2023. He was born on August 30, 1951 in Middletown, Ohio to John L. Lewis and Dorothy Mae Wells. Jim made lifelong friends from being an athlete at Oblong High School, in Illinois, as well as Eastern Illinois University, where he played football and was the starting linebacker for four years before graduating and entering into the teaching profession. Over the course of his career, he was a teacher, coach, vice principal, and principal at various school districts and a superintendent at both Beardstown CUSD #15 and Canton USD #66. Jim cherished the many friendships he made throughout the years in all of his various roles. Jim and his wife Kris moved from Canton to Sebring, Florida fourteen years ago where they attended the St. Agnes Episcopal Church, and he was a security guard at Sun N Lake for 6 years. In Jim’s spare time, he enjoyed watching football (and cheering on old teammates as they coached in various roles), playing the game of golf, and riding around in the golf cart with his wife and dogs. Jim was a quiet and private person, but if you were one of the lucky ones to be in his circle, you understood there wasn’t a thing in the world that he wouldn’t do for anyone who needed it. Jim is survived by his wife of 25 years – Kristina; 4 Children – Shae Sullivan (Matt), Jon Jacobus (Heidi), Jenni Markello (John) and James Jacobus (Laura); 9 Grandchildren – Keagen, Wrigley, Katie, Jack, Carter, Sydney, Parker, Max, and Alex; and Sister – Faye Acord. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday July 1 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown with Father Dante Anglin officiating. Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown is assisting the family with local arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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