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Lew Eads

Clawson, Michigan

October 15, 1942 - May 25, 2024

Lew Eads Obituary

Lew Eads, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away on May 25, 2024. He was at home, surrounded with love and his beloved family by his side. Born Earl Lewis Eads on October 15, 1942, in Kokomo, Indiana, Lew was 81 years old.


Lew grew up in Kokomo, graduating from Kokomo High School in 1960. He later graduated from Purdue University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree and becoming a lifelong fan of Boilermaker football and basketball. Lew joined General Motors, where he worked in Marketing and Advertising for the bulk of his career. Working on Chevrolet, he was involved in such projects as Days of Thunder, Nascar, and the America’s Cup. After leaving General Motors, Lew opened his own media consulting firm and continued to bring his special insight and passion to every project.


Lew married Pat Burke in 1994. Together they created a blended family full of love, and a life full of adventure and joy, hosting gatherings at their lovely home in Franklin, MI, where Lew served on the Franklin Village Council. They enjoyed attending the theater with friends, and traveling the world including Iceland, New Zealand, Europe and China.


Lew was passionate about golf and saw it as a metaphor for life. He always enjoyed casual rounds with friends and family in addition to special trips to play many storied courses. Lew’s dream was to retire in Florida where he could play golf every day. Moving from Michigan to Fort Myers, Pat and Lew quickly built a strong community of friends. With Pat, he helped to raise and train service dogs for people who cannot see and veterans who have seen too much. Lew’s leadership abilities were recognized when he was elected to the Colonial Country Club Board of Directors. He also served on the Golf Committee and chaired the Cable Transition Committee. Lew was the “Founding Father” of the Colonial Charitable Foundation, which exists to, “help make someone’s day better”.



Lew was a gentleman, a kind soul with a big heart, a sly wit, an optimistic spirit and a wealth of stories. He loved his many friends and his family and was blessed to have so many of them visit him in the months and weeks leading up to his passing.


Lew was preceded in death by his parents Bonnie (Price) and Jack Eads and his brother David Eads (Pat). He is survived by his beloved wife Pat Burke; his first wife Jill Woodward (of Kokomo), his children Marci Eads (Lenya Robinson), Kevin Burke (Kathryn), and Sean Burke (Shiho Yoshida), his sister Marrietta Harrold and many cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.


A service to honor and celebrate Lew’s life will be held on Friday, June 21st, at 10:00am at the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan, located at 1669 W. Maple, Birmingham, MI 48009. Family visitation will begin at 9:00am, and they invite everyone to a reception at the church immediately following the service.


Those unable to attend in person are invited to participate virtually via the church’s YouTube channel, or via the Church’s website.


In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Lew Eads to:

Dogs Inc.

Dogsinc.org (Formerly Southeastern Guide Dogs)

4210 77th St. E.,

Palmetto, FL 34221

941-729-5665

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Lew Eads hosted by Lynch and Sons - Clawson.

Lew Eads, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away on May 25, 2024. He was at home, surrounded with love and his beloved family by his side. Born Earl Lewis Eads on October 15, 1942, in Kokomo, Indiana, Lew was 81 years old.


Lew grew up in Kokomo, graduating from Kokomo High School in 1960. He later graduated from Purdue University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree and becoming a lifelong fan of Boilermaker football and basketball. Lew joined General Motors, where he worked in Marketing and Advertising for the bulk of his career. Working on Chevrolet, he was involved in such projects as Days of Thunder, Nascar, and the America’s Cup. After leaving General Motors, Lew opened his own media consulting firm and continued to bring his special insight and passion to every project.


Lew married Pat Burke in 1994. Together they created a blended family full of love, and a life full of adventure and joy, hosting gatherings at their lovely home in Franklin, MI, where Lew served on the Franklin Village Council. They enjoyed attending the theater with friends, and traveling the world including Iceland, New Zealand, Europe and China.


Lew was passionate about golf and saw it as a metaphor for life. He always enjoyed casual rounds with friends and family in addition to special trips to play many storied courses. Lew’s dream was to retire in Florida where he could play golf every day. Moving from Michigan to Fort Myers, Pat and Lew quickly built a strong community of friends. With Pat, he helped to raise and train service dogs for people who cannot see and veterans who have seen too much. Lew’s leadership abilities were recognized when he was elected to the Colonial Country Club Board of Directors. He also served on the Golf Committee and chaired the Cable Transition Committee. Lew was the “Founding Father” of the Colonial Charitable Foundation, which exists to, “help make someone’s day better”.



Lew was a gentleman, a kind soul with a big heart, a sly wit, an optimistic spirit and a wealth of stories. He loved his many friends and his family and was blessed to have so many of them visit him in the months and weeks leading up to his passing.


Lew was preceded in death by his parents Bonnie (Price) and Jack Eads and his brother David Eads (Pat). He is survived by his beloved wife Pat Burke; his first wife Jill Woodward (of Kokomo), his children Marci Eads (Lenya Robinson), Kevin Burke (Kathryn), and Sean Burke (Shiho Yoshida), his sister Marrietta Harrold and many cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.


A service to honor and celebrate Lew’s life will be held on Friday, June 21st, at 10:00am at the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan, located at 1669 W. Maple, Birmingham, MI 48009. Family visitation will begin at 9:00am, and they invite everyone to a reception at the church immediately following the service.


Those unable to attend in person are invited to participate virtually via the church’s YouTube channel, or via the Church’s website.


In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Lew Eads to:

Dogs Inc.

Dogsinc.org (Formerly Southeastern Guide Dogs)

4210 77th St. E.,

Palmetto, FL 34221

941-729-5665

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Lew Eads hosted by Lynch and Sons - Clawson.

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