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“We just read this about Lews passing. We are so sorry to hear this news. Please know that the Throops from Georgia will be praying for your family. ”
1 of 43 | Posted by: Marc and Peg Throop - Richland, MI

“Lew always had a smile on his face and was such a gentle soul. He helped me at work with always a solution to a problem. When ever he needed an...Read More »
2 of 43 | Posted by: Tanya Potter

“Lew was a gift to Borgess - and Borgess was a gift to Lew. No better fit have I observed in my career. Lew was the person who ever-so-quietly and...Read More »
3 of 43 | Posted by: Dianne Price

“Lew had an amazing talent and I am so glad he shared that with all of us at Ascension Borgess. We have had several of his photographs in our offices...Read More »
4 of 43 | Posted by: Gloria Toti-Koski - PORTAGE, MI

“I got to know Lew on a couple photo shoots with Tom. Lew was a speciial person, very considerate and kind. He was a true professional with his work...Read More »
5 of 43 | Posted by: Dave Mayer - Kazoo - Acquaintance

“Lew was known by me as Mr. BORGESS. He loved what he did and wanted the best for everyone he came in contact with. There will never be another Mr....Read More »
6 of 43 | Posted by: Sharon Curran Brenn - Coworker

“Dear Paula and family, My deepest sympathy. I worked with Lew at Borgess for many years until my retirement. We were in frequent contact for media...Read More »
7 of 43 | Posted by: Joyce Ross - Kalamazoo, MI

“It was such a privilege to know Lew. He was such a kind, compassionate man who always made you feel like he had all the time in the world for you. ...Read More »
8 of 43 | Posted by: Diana Haase - Coworker

“Lew was an amazing person. His kindness, compassion, and love for Borgess was evident is everything Lew touched. During a persons lifetime there are...Read More »
9 of 43 | Posted by: Nancy Bradley - Coworker

“Paula I am praying for you and your family I am so sorry to hear about Lew I know how much he meant to you. With all of the stories you would tell me...Read More »
10 of 43 | Posted by: Amy Foreman - Coworker

“Lew was one of the most kind people and considered a "Borgess" treasure!His photographs that grace our hallways always brighten our days. He is...Read More »
11 of 43 | Posted by: Kim DeHaan - Kalamazoo, MI

“Lew was a gem. We were so fortunate to have him on the team at Ascension Borgess. His caring manner and gentle humor made you instantly comfortable...Read More »
12 of 43 | Posted by: Jennifer Barlow - Coworker

“Paula and family. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved husband and dad. I was very sad to learn of Lew’s passing. Lew...Read More »
13 of 43 | Posted by: Lisa Hodges - Coworker

“This is very sad news. Mr. Lewis Tysman was one of the most gentle, humble, service-oriented souls I have ever known. I cherished each and every...Read More »
14 of 43 | Posted by: Arthur R James - Friend

“Such a kind soul. Rest In Peace Lew. You will be missed. ”
15 of 43 | Posted by: Laura Alexander - Richland

“Lew was an incredible person and he was so committed to Borgess as well as all associates. He was passionate about his work and he knew what he did...Read More »
16 of 43 | Posted by: Mary Heintzkill - Coworker

“Paula and family. I am shocked by Lew's passing. I can't believe I'll never see that warm, sweet smile again. I can only imagine how devastated you...Read More »
17 of 43 | Posted by: Regan LaMothe - Caledonia, MI

“I had the privilege to work with Lew at Borgess in the 1980's--a most enjoyable experience. I greatly appreciated his gifts, talent, generous and...Read More »
18 of 43 | Posted by: Christine Parks - Kalamazoo, MI

“Lew was the kindest soul I ever had the blessing of meeting, with an incredible gift for capturing the beauty of God's canvas with his camera. And no...Read More »
19 of 43 | Posted by: Christine Gleason - Grand Blanc, MI

“I was shocked and saddened to learn of Lew's passing. He was a kind, gracious, and professional man who had an extraordinary gift of photography. I...Read More »
20 of 43 | Posted by: John Grap - Battle Creek, MI

“I will never forget your support and guidance while we were starting the Bariatric Surgical Program. I don’t think I would have made it to...Read More »
21 of 43 | Posted by: Rebecca Blades - Coworker

“Lew you touched many through your gentle, caring spirit and through your beautiful art. You are loved and will be missed.Margaret Patton ”
22 of 43 | Posted by: Margaret Patton - Coworker

“What an amazing person. LewLoved the hearing stories from our cardiac patients.. He always had a glow and gleamed of pride .. when he shared the...Read More »
23 of 43 | Posted by: Sandy Wilson - Coworker

“Lew was a treasure, a humble, gentle, soul who brought so much positivity to this world. I worked with him in the Borgess Marketing Department and...Read More »
24 of 43 | Posted by: Andrea Day - Coworker

“Lenore,I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of sweet Lewie. I have such warm and happy thoughts of growing up with you two - just a block...Read More »
25 of 43 | Posted by: Sally Ricketson (Dickerson) - MI

“I worked with Lew on many maintenance project communications over the years at Borgess. We had lunch together many times over the 17 years we worked...Read More »
26 of 43 | Posted by: Vic Tuttle - Coworker

“Dear Paula and family. I am so very sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your beloved husband and dad. It’s been many years since we were...Read More »
27 of 43 | Posted by: Sherry Woodstock (formerly Summerfield)

“I met Lew in 1990 when I started working at Borgess Health Alliance. When thinking back on our thousands of interactions, I can honestly say that...Read More »
28 of 43 | Posted by: Debbi Loomis - Kalamazoo, MI

“In the 40+ years my wife, Paula and I never met a kinder, gentler man than Lew. Always had a kind word and a smile on his face no matter the...Read More »
29 of 43 | Posted by: Jerry Rogers - Coworker

“Lee was an amazing man! A kind and gentle soul, always thinking of others! He has been missed at Borgess, although he lives on through his artistry...Read More »
30 of 43 | Posted by: Barb VanderWeele - Coworker

“I’m ashamed to say I don’t have a picture of Lew here, now, and handy when I need it. He helped me and other reporters connect with...Read More »
31 of 43 | Posted by: Al Jones - Coworker

“In the mid 1980's Borgess Hospital assigned Lewis to help the Community of Climax locate a Medical Doctor. Lewis took the time to get to know the...Read More »
32 of 43 | Posted by: Mark Sinclair - Climax, MI

“I worked with Lew on many special/fundraising events during my 15 years at Borgess, and he was one of the most dedicated, uniquely talented and...Read More »
33 of 43 | Posted by: Debby Roberts - Coworker

“Paula,I was shocked to hear of Lew’s unexpected passing. He was such a kind and gentle man. May your memories continue to surround you in the...Read More »
34 of 43 | Posted by: Jeanette Phillips - Friend

“Lew Tysman was a fixture at Borgess. Probably most of us had encountered him at one time or other in his role. He was a kind, gentle person with an...Read More »
35 of 43 | Posted by: Mary Kehyari - Kalamazoo, MI

“Lew will be remembered as the nicest man whoever worked at Borgess ”
36 of 43 | Posted by: Kelley Pattison - Kalamazoo, MI

“Of the many people you meet in a lifetime, some stand out as being special. Lew was one of those people to us, a kind, always excellent and...Read More »
37 of 43 | Posted by: Jon and Kathie Hill - Friend

“There is no way, given his intense modesty borne of insatiable desire to serve others, that Lew ever had any measure of how much people loved and...Read More »
38 of 43 | Posted by: Blaine Lam - Kalamazoo, MI

“Lenore, I was so sad when I read about Lewie's passing in the Grand Haven paper. What a brilliant, good looking guy ! Would you please send me YOUR...Read More »
39 of 43 | Posted by: Linda Brock - Grand Haven, MI

“Lew was one of the warmest, caring individuals I have ever known. I worked with Lew for several years at Borgess: He was always willing to give me...Read More »
40 of 43 | Posted by: Michael Smith

“There are so many things I will miss about Lew, from his honesty and skill in public relations to his incredible photographic eye. Most of all I will...Read More »
41 of 43 | Posted by: Bill Krasean - Kalamazoo, MI

“I enjoyed Lew ..for the 35 years I was at Borgess, Lew was there to take pictures and joke with staff. He was a gentle and gifted man. May he Rest In...Read More »
42 of 43 | Posted by: Sue louis - Coworker

“My sympathies to Paula and the family in the loss of a very special and talented person. I remember him as a kind friend in Junior High and High...Read More »
43 of 43 | Posted by: Susan Northuis Liang - Friend

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Lewis Tysman, age 67 of Richland, Michigan, died June 2, 2021, at Ascension Borgess Hospital, unexpectedly after an accidental fall at home.

Lew was born in Grand Haven, Michigan, the son of Robert and Nancy Tysman. Lew was a 1972 graduate of Grand Haven High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University. For 42 years he built his career at Borgess Medical Center in community relations, where he retired in 2018. Lew was an avid and accomplished photographer. He was able to blend his love for photography with work. Many of his photos are displayed at Ascension Borgess facilities in the southwest Michigan area. Lew wanted patients to feel at home when they walked around the hospital, being able to see scenes of Michigan landscapes.

Lewis and Paula Tysman were united in marriage in 1977 and spent 44 loving years together. Lew and Paula were high school sweethearts, meeting in chemistry class. Surviving are his wife, Paula; three children, Robert Tysman of Richland, John Tysman and his wife Adel Diama of Indianapolis, Marie Tysman and her husband Galen Reed of Kalamazoo; his sister, Lenore (Dave) Pearson of Minnesota; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.

Lew enjoyed weightlifting, biking and hiking. He and his wife especially loved to climb the 302 stairs to the top of Mount Baldhead overlooking Lake Michigan in Saugatuck. Lew will be remembered for his generosity of spirit, devotion to his family and work, and his gentle, easy-going personality.

A private memorial with family will be held this week, and personal messages for the family may be left privately at or sent to Farley Estes Dowdle, 9710 E D Ave, Richland MI 49083. Please do not leave messages on this webpage at Memorial contributions in Lew's memory may be made to, which enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities, or the Borgess Foundation, 1521 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo 49048.