STILLMAN VALLEY – The community is invited to an Open House to be held in honor of the retirement of Ron Lewis from the position of Marion Township Clerk.
The Open House will be held at the Marion Township Building, 400 E Roosevelt Rd, Stillman Valley on Sunday, April 23 from 2-5 p.m.
Lewis has held this elected position for the past 49 years. His tenure began in 1968 when he was asked to fill a vacancy left by the passing of good friend Robert Bosecker.
When asked how the position has changed over 49 years, Ron said that, “the duties themselves haven’t really changed as the state dictates the job requirements. But technology has certainly made tasks less time consuming.”
Lewis describes the experience of meeting and working with different board members through the years as one of his most enjoyable memories. Many friendships have been cultivated that are still in place today. Ultimately, dedication to the citizens of the Township and making sure their tax dollars are spent wisely is a driving force for Lewis and the board.
Lewis and his wife Cherry are both lifelong residents of Stillman Valley where they raised their grown children, Candy and Ron Jr. Lewis also recently retired from the family farm, handing the reigns over to son Ron Jr. Thus continuing a 100 plus year family tradition. While farming, Lewis served on various ag related boards, including Ogle County Pork Producers, ASCS, Farm Bureau & Farmland Assessment Committee.
Lewis has been an active member of the Congregational Christian Church (Red Brick) of Stillman Valley since he married his wife Cherry there 58 years ago. He has served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, Deacon and Elder.
His love of all sports led him to volunteer to run the score board and then score keeper when son Ron was in High School. Little did he know he would continue for the next 33 years.
It is with great respect and appreciation that the Marion Township Board, along with the citizens of Marion Township would like to take this opportunity to thank you to Lewis for the past 49 years of dedication and excellence.