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William K. Lewis, 74

| March 7, 2023 10:16 AM

William “Bill” K. Lewis, 74, of Osburn, Idaho, passed away Feb. 16, 2023. His friends and the community are deeply saddened by the unexpected loss.

Bill was born on Nov. 13, 1948, to Hartzel and Rosalie Lewis in California. Bill graduated high school in Grenada Hills, Calif., and then went on to enlist in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country in the Vietnam War.

In 2007, Bill departed California on a road trip and unintentionally wound up in the Silver Valley of North Idaho. Smitten with the area and the people, he decided to put down roots and become a part of the community. He quickly became a beloved “local,” but always carried the nickname, "California Bill."

Bill could often be found drinking a greyhound at the local bars where he would show off his dance moves, flirt with the ladies and chat up friends. He had an unbeatable sense of humor, a penchant for shenanigans and never took life too seriously. His antics were legendary and those who knew him have many stories. Bill also had a compassionate side. He developed lifelong friendships with many, and for some, he was even a cherished addition to their families. He was always happy to lend a listening ear to his friends and genuinely cared about their accomplishments and struggles. Bill passed away knowing that he was loved by many.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Elsa; his sister, Suzie; his parents, Hartzel and Rosalie Lewis; and his loyal yellow lab that was always along for the ride. He is survived by numerous cousins and many Silver Valley friends that were his extended family.

Bill will be cremated and laid to rest in the Day Cemetery columbarium wall in Osburn, Idaho. A celebration of life and potluck will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023, at the Wallace Elks Lodge.

Shoshone Funeral Services, Kellogg, is assisting with arrangements. Memories of Bill and messages of condolence may be shared online at