LEWIS E. FERGUSON
Mr. Lewis E. Ferguson, 74, of Quincy, died at 2:19 a.m. Thursday (August 23, 2012) in Blessing Hospital.
Born January 16, 1938 in Quincy, Lewis was the son of Andrew and Mae Irene Wright Ferguson Sr. He married Peggy A. Brashears on August 21, 1956. She survives.
Lewis served his country in the U. S. Navy from 1955 to 1963. He attended Faith Christian Church and was a member of the Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Lewis loved camping, fishing, woodworking and in later years watching TV and reading books by Louis L'Amour. A devoted family man Lewis loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lewis was employed for 28 years with the Adams County Sheriff's Department as a Deputy and retiring as the Jail Administrator in 1999.
Lewis had a second home, also known as his place of work for the last 23 years of his life, where he was a part owner of the Whispering Oaks Campground. This is where he spent the majority of his days and where countless memories will be forever kept. His hard work and unforgettable dedication to the campgrounds is what made so many people feel safe and at home. So many will remember the sight of Lewis driving around on his loud gator with his dog at his side, smiling and waving while he would drive from one place to the next. Words cannot describe how much he enjoyed being up at camp no matter what condition his health was, you could count on him to be there. Lewis thought of the campers and guest more as family to him and this is why he felt it was so important to be there, helping keep the place a safe and fun environment. Over the years Lewis was accompanied by several of his animal companions. You never caught him without an animal insight. His dogs never left his side and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Peggy; two daughters, Sandra McCleery (James) of Quincy and Connie Grawe (Tim) of Quincy; seven grandchildren, Christopher Leonard (Beth), Adam McCleery, Nikita Hudson (Tyler), Karina Daniel (Joshua), Amanda McCleery, Kody Pepper and Megan McCleery; six great grandchildren, Disaree Hudson, David Leonard, Scoden Hudson, Cannon Daniel and Allison Leonard and Baby Leonard due any day now; a brother, Andrew Ferguson Jr (Lila) of Kahoka, MO; two sisters Audrey Andrews and Linoria Drummond both of Quincy; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Mr. Ferguson was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann McCleery; and his parents.
Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home by the Rev. Henry Pratt. Burial with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Monday morning until the time of services at the funeral home
Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice.