Bert 'Al' Lewis

Obituary for 4/4/13 edition of the Sierra Star

April 3, 2013 

Bert "Al" Lewis died March 25, 2013, at the age of 86.

Mr. Lewis was a resident of Coarsegold for 32 years, formerly of San Gabriel Valley.

He was born Nov. 6, 1926 in Canute, Okla.

Mr. Lewis worked for more than 60 years in the industrial auctioneer business. He began at Milton J. Wershow Co. and became co-owner of Wershow-Ash-Lewis Auctioneers in the 1960s. He was a founder and director of First American Bank of Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 aboard the USS Bell.

Mr. Lewis volunteered at the Coarsegold Rodeo for 17 years, and served as the auctioneer, as well as on the committee, for the Elegant Auction which supports the Oakhurst Community Park.

He and wife Pauline were honored as Grand Marshals for the 2007 Coarsegold Rodeo.

Mr. Lewis enjoyed camping at Texas Flat, pack trips in the high country, hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, and motorhome trips throughout North America with his wife.

He was preceded in death by parents Albert and Grace Lewis; and brothers Charlie and Donald Lewis.

Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Pauline Lewis of Coarsegold; children Rene and husband Robert Benesh of Wyoming, and Paula and husband Eric T. Schweitzer of Coarsegold; grandchildren Ashley Schweitzer of Ahwahnee, Errin Benesh Vito of Co., Amber Schweitzer Schmollinger of Valley Springs, and Ken Benesh of Co.; great-grandchildren Todd, Hudson, Payton, and Brooke; siblings Rosie and husband Russell Parker, Geneva Leffel, Glady Meeks, and Orville Lewis and wife Joyce; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6 at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41, Oakhurst.