Lewis Noah Hoadley 1926-2022

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Lewis Noah Hoadley 1926-2022

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our family’s patriarch, Lewis Noah Hoadley on July 26, 2022 from complications of pneumonia. Lew was born March 19, 1926 in Monida, Montana. He was the youngest of four children born to Harry and Ethel Mae Gee Hoadley. At the age of 17 he joined the US Navy and served in WWII. His unit helped to expand landstrips in Hawaii and built roads and barracks in the Philippines and China. He was Lima’s oldest surviving veteran. After returning from the war, Lew began a long career with the Union Pacific Railroad. He worked on the railroad for 29 years before medical issues forced his retirement.

Sept. 1, 1946 Lew married Damaris Cherry. Together they raised four children and were involved in the Lima community every step of the way, including being instrumental in the building of the Lima swimming pool, an accomplishment that the town still enjoys today. After retiring from the railroad, Lew and Damaris went on to raise weaner pigs and lambs and run a professional upholstery and wood refinishing business. They enjoyed collecting authentic arrowheads and digging for antique bottles. Many days were spent on his favorite mountain,

White Pine, cutting and hauling firewood for themselves and local families. They built unique birdhouses. These unique creations have ended up in every state and five countries.

Lew is survived by his children Mel Hoadley (Connie), Lynnette Carlson, Cherry Long and Kyle Hoadley (Lori); 11 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 75 years and best friend, Damaris; parents; siblings Betty Hoenstine, Dorothy Cope, James “Bud” Hoadley; and grandson Travis Edmisten.

Services were held Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Lima High School. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make donations to the Lima swimming pool or a charity of your choice.