John Rudelle Lewis, Jr. of McKinney

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John Rudelle “Johnny” Lewis, Jr., 69, of McKinney, passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Graveside Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 at Riverside Cemetery in Byers with Murl Nelms officiating. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.

Mr. Lewis was born Feb. 2, 1944 in Rapid City, S.D., to John Rudelle and Lucille Lorraine Lewis. He attended Byers Schools, graduating from high school in 1961. At the age of 17 he moved to Lubbock and enrolled in Texas Tech University. As an Electrical Engineering Major he discovered the emerging world of computer sciences, and worked for KCBD television in a variety of jobs. After finishing his education, he moved to California where he went to work for Dow Chemical as a chemist. In early 1967, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and qualified for Officer Candidates School, which he attended at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in December of 1967. Early in 1970, he was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. After the military, he started his professional career in the computer technology field, and assisted in the development of space lab 3 for the Nasa Space Shuttle program. This program was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in April of 1985. His last years before retirement he was employed by the International Company ABB. His work location was Santa Clara, Calif., where he was responsible for developing, installing and troubleshooting energy software programs for large energy providers in the U.S. and Europe. He spent a long period of time in Florida, Kansas, Vermont and Germany developing energy systems.

He is preceded in death by his father in 2003.

Survivors include his mother, Lorraine Lewis of Concord, Calif.; one brother, David Lewis and his wife Barbara of McKinney; one sister, Sue Frates and husband Jeff of Concord, Calif.; a special cousin, Vicki Griffin of Hurst, who was like a sister; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to the Byers Cemetery Association, 407 Riverside, Byers, Texas 76357.

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