A native of San Luis Obispo, Nic expired of heart failure Saturday evening, June 5, 2010, at French Hospital with his wife, Chris, by his side.

NICOLAUS E. “NIC” LEWIS, 83

A native of San Luis Obispo, Nic expired of heart failure Saturday evening, June 5, 2010, at French Hospital with his wife, Chris, by his side.
Due to a handicap from polio in his teens, it was with regret to Nic that he could not serve in the military. He worked and supervised his grain farming, trucking and ranching business on his various properties in East San Luis Obispo County. He also built and owned a restaurant and lounge in Taft Calif., where his accountant resides.
Nic was a member of various organizations pertaining to his work and was a long-standing member of the San Luis Obispo Elk’s Lodge.
In previous years, he enjoyed his cabin at Lake Tahoe, where he went to ski. He traveled abroad with Chris and they enjoyed their time share condominiums in Palm Springs, Calif., and Cancun, Mexico.
In his semi-retired years, he and Chris enjoyed their ocean view home in Pismo Beach and frequent visits to the ranch.
Although Nic had many friends, he was a rather private person. To those who truly knew him, he was a beautiful, kind, generous, thoughtful and fun-loving person with a keen sense of humor. He was also a beloved family man.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Chris; daughters Sandra Gardner and Roxanne Vessels; stepdaughters Cyndi Jasper and Kim Kohl; grandchildren Racine Gardner and Kash Vessels (Kelly); great-grandson, Geiger Gardner; and brother, Don.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Virginia; sister, Lucille; brothers Walt and Bob; and parents Ethel and George.
A service will be held with his minister, Rob Redden, of Grover Beach. It was Nic’s request that the service be private, with family members only.