Robert Earle Lewis, a longtime Ridgefielder whose career as a Pan Am flight engineer spanned four decades aboard airliners ranging from the famous flying boats to Boeing 747s, died Saturday, September 2, at Meadow Ridge in Redding, Connecticut. He was 96 years old and the husband of Jean Brisbine Lewis.
The second of four children, Bob was born on April 7, 1921 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Myrtle Ewing and Earle Leslie Lewis. During his high school years he was a star athlete and along with his brother set local records in basketball and football. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and became the youngest Eagle Scout in the state of South Dakota.