ROBERTS — After a lengthy battle against Parkinson disease, Lewis T. Jordan crossed into heaven and is now with the Lord and many of his friends and relatives.
Lew was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Red Lodge, the fourth son of Ernest and Mary (Loncharich) Jordan. Lew was 12 years old when his mother passed away. He and his sister Margaret, who was nine years old at the time, were sent to the Croatian Children's Home in Des Plains, Ill. The children were sent back home the summer of 1944. Lew graduated from Carbon County High School in Red Lodge in 1945. He was the starting tailback for the varsity football team and the starting forward on the varsity basketball team his senior year. Lew served honorably in the U.S. Navy for two years, attaining the rank Store Keeper 3rd Class. He spent most of his active duty at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Lew married Elvina Obert Waples on Nov. 25, 1950. They were happily together for over 60 years. From this union, four children were born: Andrew, Thomas, Margaret and Daniel. He also had one step-son, Rick Waples.
Lew was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Mary; brothers Andrew (a victim of the Smith Mine disaster) and Steve; sister Margaret; son Andrew B., and grandson Andrew L.
Survivors include Lew's wife, Elvina of Roberts; two sons, Thomas (Susan) of Billings and Daniel of Roberts; one daughter, Margaret Horne of Huntley; step-son Rick (Connie) Waples of Aguila, Ariz.; one brother, Leo (Sally) Jordan of Billings; as well as several nieces and nephews. Lew leaves behind 10 loving grandchildren, Kyle and Sarah Jordan, Christopher and Michelle Horne, Evan, Danielle and Lyle Jordan, and Charley, Chad and Chet Waples. He has nine great-grandchildren, Ryan, Katie, Carmon, Riley, Carson, Hudson and Bronson Waples, and Ty and Taylor Horne.
Lew's working years began at MacDonough Ford in Red Lodge as parts manager. He was employed eight years for Met Life as a sales agent in the Red Lodge area and in Miles City. From insurance to banks, Lew was a CEO for C.L. Anderson Banks, Inc., beginning in Bridger, then on to Miltona, Minn.; Fayette, Iowa; Lovell, Wyo.; Froid and Fairview, and finishing his banking career in Wibaux at the First National Bank and Trust.
Music was his greatest passion. Lew played the Brach string instrument and lead vocal in the Red Lodge Viseli Tamburitzan Band, a group well known for its lively Yugoslavian upbeat Polka and Kola sound. Thousands of fans throughout the northwest were entertained by the band that played together for over 30 years. Lew also enjoyed fly fishing and golf.
Affiliated with many civic organizations, Lew was past Commander of the American Legion. Together with John Graham and other Legion members, he helped start the Little League baseball program in Red Lodge. Lew was a 60 plus year member and past Exalted Ruler of the Beartooth Elks Lodge #534. He was a member of the Red Lodge Montana State Champion Eagles Drum and Bugle Corps.
A committed follower of Jesus Christ and believer of His teachings, Lew lived and raised his family as Roman Catholic. He sang in the St. Agnes choir and was the keynote speaker for the annual father, son and daughter banquet.
Memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Red Lodge. Interment will be in the Red Lodge Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the church. Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be given to St. Agnes Catholic Church or to the charity of one's choice.
Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.