Sublimity – Mike (aka
Spike) 67, formerly of Salem, died August 13 in Sublimity. He
was born in Huntington, WV. Mike received his degree in
Journalism from Marshall University. He worked as a wire
editor for the Statesman Journal for many years, prior to
this, he was employed in the news department at The
Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, WV.
photography, painting, writing stories and authored an
unpublished book titled The Blue Marlin. He enjoyed traveling
especially to Hawaii. Another one of his passions was tasting
craft beers and frequented many beer festivals in Portland.
Spike, as he was
known by many, impacted people through his friendships and
artwork. He lived his life on his own terms regardless of what
others thought. Norman Rockwell had a big influence on his
paintings and was reflected in a self portrait he painted.
The family extends
enormous gratitude to Aaron Marvin, a dear friend and coworker
at the Statesman Journal, who helped Mike cope with his many
challenges over the past three years until his death. Also,
the family thanks Kathy Hodges for her compassionate care of
Mike’s dog Junior and her commitment of taking Junior for
monthly visits with Mike.
He is survived by
his mother: Mary Jane Lewis of Huntington, WV; brothers: Nick
Lewis of Richmond, KY, Rick Lewis of Columbia, SC, and Mark
Lewis of Ironton, OH; sister: Shelley Lewis of Huntington, WV.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Serving
the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.