Friday, July 25, 2008

CWDkids' Characters

Staff Profile #7 - Lewis (with CWDkids since 1953)

For our seventh staff profile, we are very proud to introduce you to Lewis. He has been working for the Klaus family since 1953. Yes, you did read that correctly, 1953. That is 55 years!

If you have had a chance to read about CWDkids’ history, you know that Julius W. Klaus, grandfather of Philip Klaus Jr., started Richmond Dry Goods in 1911. Lewis was not around from the very beginning, but he does hold the record for the longest employment at CWDkids! He began making deliveries of bedspreads, towels and linens for Richmond Dry Goods to large department stores like Thalhimers and Miller & Rhodes here in Richmond, VA in the 1950’s. He continued working for Philip Klaus, Sr. in the Richmond Dry Goods’ warehouse until CWDkids was started in 1987.

Today, you can find Lewis out on deliveries to our local stores or in the warehouse ticketing merchandise. He says that his favorite thing about working at CWDkids for so long is the people he works with. Many have come and gone while he has been here, but Lewis has a rapport with everyone!

When he is not at work, Lewis loves to work in his yard… except during deer season when you will find him hunting pretty much every weekend. Having lived in Virginia his whole life, he loves the outdoors and says he is a “natural born country boy”.

Sadly, Lewis’ wife of 49 years passed away several months ago. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this November. Outside of his extended CWDkids family, Lewis also has two sons and four grandchildren. He is very proud to say that his only granddaughter is in the Navy and just arrived back in the US after a tour in Iraq!

We would like to thank Lewis for his loyalty and devotion to CWDkids over the past 55 years! We hope to see his smiling face in our office for many years to come!

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