Lewis Wilbur “Lou” McCleary
November 9, 1955 - July 5, 2020
Lewis Wilbur “Lou” McCleary, age 64, of Newark, DE, entered eternal rest on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
Born in Wilmington, DE on November 9, 1955, he was a son of Pauline Mabel Barney Shepherd, the late Lewis Andrew McCleary, and his legal mother, Louise McCleary Burke. He was a graduate of Colonial Richardson High School of Federalsburg, Maryland and a Proud First-Class Boiler Technician of the United States Navy.
Lewis was loved by so many and touched many lives with his big heart. He smiled bright when sharing life stories. Lewis loved being surrounded by friends and family. He was an avid fan of NASCAR racing and a 28-year vet of the Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby, working on many cars in his spare time. Lewis also loved Bluegrass music, his blue jean overalls, annual fishing trips, camping with his motor home and genuinely making people smile. He was a big kid, playful and supportive of lots of fun at gatherings. From water balloons to making jokes for everyone to enjoy. He will be very dearly missed.
In addition to his father, Lewis was preceded in death by his son, John Lewis McCleary; and siblings, Norman Shepherd and Donald Shepherd. Lou is survived by his wife, Sheryl Sutton McCleary; former wife, Rebeca McMullen; daughter, Jessica Marie Till (Michael); step children, Jaclyn Manzie, Lee Manzie (Kasey) and Chase Atallian; grandchildren, John Lewis Charles, Adelynne Grace and Garrett Lewis O’brian Till; step grandchildren, Daniel Snowberger, Stephen and Angel McAteer and Travis Manzie; very loving siblings, Jaqueline Smith (Dwight), Louise Craig (Joe), Frances Smith (Leonard), Raymond Shepherd (Betty), Mary Clark (Robert Sr), Richard Shepherd (Sharon), Evelyn Mitola (Joe), Bonnie Adkins (Keith Sr), Michael McCleary and William Meeks Shepherd (Jimmie); and sisters-in-law, Linda Shepherd and Linda Shepherd.
A public memorial service will be held from 3 pm until 8 pm on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at The Diamond State Post #2863 VFW, 8 South Dupont Road, Wilmington, DE 19804. Please arrive by 3 pm, an in-house service will be from 4 pm until 5 pm with a celebration to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please bring the great memories to share to help celebrate the life of Lou.