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Leslie Jean Lewis

September 21, 1976 — February 19, 2024


Leslie Jean Lewis, age 47 passed away unexpectedly on February 19, 2024.  She was born in Sturgis, Michigan on September 21, 1976, the daughter of David W. and Patricia S. (Kilpatrick) Merkle.  Leslie faithfully served her country as a member of the United States Army, retiring with the rank of Sgt. First Class.  

 Leslie had a great love for the water and enjoyed going to the beach, pools, visiting lighthouses, and also loved her dogs.  She was a very talented artist and was very gifted at painting.  

 Leslie married Tracy Allen Lewis in Three Rivers, Michigan on August 30, 1998; he survives.   She is also survived by her children, Christopher Merkle, Dustin Merkle, and Stephanie Lewis; her grandchildren, Henry Hawke, Lilly Lewis and Mia Kay Lewis; her mother, Patricia Merkle; her mother-in-law, Kay Lewis; her sister, Sonya Lewis; brothers, Keithie Lewis, David Merkle, Cliff Merkle, Paul Kilpatrick; and her aunt, Sandy Kilpatrick. Leslie was preceded in death by her father, David Merkle on October 9, 2011.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan.  Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek.  Personal messages for the family and favorite memories of Leslie may be placed here  at

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Interment with full military honors

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fort Custer National Cemetery

15501 W Dickman Rd, Augusta, MI 49012

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