He then served aboard the USS Essex as a Gunnery Officer. While anchored outside Karachi Pakistan his eldest daughter, Linda Anne, was born. Lew went to flight school in Pensacola, Fl.
His second daughter, Donna Marie, arrived the same day he made his first solo carrier landing.
Lew received his Navy Wings of Gold on a Friday the 13, which has always been a lucky day for him. His next step was to serve as a flight instructor with VT-1 in Pensacola, at which time his son, Lewis Chapman Kip Gillett IV arrived.
Following his flight instructor tour in Pensacola he was assigned duty with VA-86 as a single seat, single engine, jet attack pilot flying the A4 Skyhawk. Lew flew well over 50 missions over North Vietnam during his tour on the USS Independence on which he was a triple Centurion (over 300 carrier landings).
His career with American Airlines began in 1968 while living in Bethel, CT with his wife Anne, where they enjoyed raising kids and boxer dogs. Lew retired from American Airlines as a Captain after 27 years, he loved flying and travel and enjoyed opening the world to his family.
Towards the end of his flight career Lew and Anne relocated to Lebanon in 1988, These empty nesters found their true home in the heart of Tennessee. Lew loved life on the farm; family, friends, animals, tractors, they all filled him with joy!
He is survived by Anne, his wife and companion of 54 years. His children, Linda (David) Katz of Westford, MA; Donna (Kevin) Kraebel of Hong Kong and Lew (Lisa) Gillett of Longmont, CO.Lew was the oldest of five children, survived by siblings Jane Hinckley, Judy Keefe, Carol Verschure and Robert Gillett. Lew was a doting grandfather of seven -- Nick, Ben, Emma, Abby, Hannah, Drew and Daniel.
He was a devoted husband and father and a loyal and trustworthy friend. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Interment will take place on a later date at a National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Lews memory to "Homes for Our Troops": www.homesforourtroops.org.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.