Richard Milton Lewis of Ponte Vedra, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on 13 June 2016. He will be reunited with his wife of 49 years, Claudia Stoney Lewis. He is survived by his four children, twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Richard was born in Topeka, Kansas and was a child of the depression in Missouri. He moved with his family to Atlanta in 1940 when his father was recalled to active duty in the Army during the run-up to WWII. Richard came of age during the war and always considered himself to be a military man. He graduated from the Georgia Military Academy and was later commissioned in the U.S. Army in the Field Artillery. He spent seven years on active duty and another 30 plus years in the reserves, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was a patriot and believed very much in the principles that our nation was founded upon. He had an unwavering respect for those that wear the "cloth of our nation" and instilled that same respect in his children and grandchildren.