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Antonio Villalon Lewis

October 7, 1925 February 23, 2013
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Antonio Villalon Lewis, 87, entered his eternal rest at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, on Saturday, February 23, surrounded by his family. Antonio was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be remembered for his wide smile, easy going demeanor, and quick wit. Antonio was born on October 7, 1925, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, to William A. Lewis and Justina Villalon. Antonio’s father, William Lewis, joined the U.S. Army and took part in the American war to end the Philippine insurrection (1900-1902). Antonio’s American father remained in the Philippines until his death when Antonio was 7 years old. At age 17, with the onset of World War II, Antonio joined his cousins and uncles to fight as a guerilla against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. He survived internment as a POW in a Japanese concentration camp in Capas, Tarlac. Antonio was the first of the Lewis siblings to come to the United States. He arrived in America in 1951 and soon thereafter, joined the U.S. Air Force serving proudly and honorably for 20 years until his retirement in Jan. 1972. Antonio was stationed in Taiwan; at Clark Air Base, Philippines; Great Falls, Montana; Baffin Island near the Arctic Circle; Biloxi, Mississippi; Thailand; and served two tours in Vietnam. As a civilian, he worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard; and retired a second time from U.S. Customs in Oakland in 1987. He was a 40-year resident of Vacaville, California. Antonio married Gregoria de la Cuesta in 1952 and they had over 60 happy years together. Antonio’s great joy was his family. But the “light of his life” was his only grandchild, Ashlynn Stroud. Among his favorite past times were walking; studying history (WWII and General MacArthur); watching CNN news; discussing politics; and visiting with his “kumpares”—fellow Filipino-American veterans. Antonio was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Luciano Lewis, Dr. Rodolfo Lewis, Mayor Jose Lewis, Ramon Lewis, Estela (Lewis) de la Cuesta, and Mary (Lewis) Latoza. He leaves behind his wife, Gregoria, and sisters, Rosie (Lewis) Laguardia and Helen “Ella” (Lewis) Bona. He will be missed by his children: Clarence (Karen); Shirley; David; and Debra (Lucke); his granddaughter, Ashlynn Brooke Stroud; his brother-in-law, Herc de la Cuesta; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

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