Bernard T. Louis
Bernard T. Louis, age 99, of Richland Center, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017. He was born on June 16, 1918 in Rockbridge, Wisconsin, the oldest of seven children. When he was three, his parents moved north to a farm in Marinette County. While there, Bernard attended a one room school until the 8th grade. He completed all eight years of schooling in seven years (skipped 4th grade). Bernard decided that he didn’t want to attend high school, rather he wanted to get to work. In 1934, his family moved back to Neptune, just outside of Ithaca, and this became the family farm. Bernard worked on the farm and other farms in the area until January 1942, when he was drafted to serve in World War II. He served at Maxwell Field, AL in the hospital wards until 1944. In December of 1944, Bernard was sent to a base in Guam and continued serving his country, where he was a Private First class. At the end of 1945, Bernard was back home in Neptune and had $2,500 to his name. For the next seven years, he worked various jobs – farming, carpentry and even at Keegan’s Feed Mill. In the spring of 1952, he began working on Kraemer’s bridge crew. In 1957, he began what would become a 42year career as an operating engineer. In August 1999, at the age of 81, Bernard retired. Bernard lived a simple, content life. He valued a good day’s hard work, saving money, charity, his Catholic faith and many dear friends. To many, he’s a legend that will live on in their hearts! Bernard is survived by his brother Charles (Marilyn) Louis, a sister-in-law, Arlene Louis, nieces, nephews, other relatives and 99 years of friends. He valued the friendships of Jerry Durst and John and Pat Sills. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Catherine (Honer) Louis, 3 brothers Victor (Clara) Louis, Ira (Elsie) Louis, and Gus Louis, 2 sisters Madeline Louis, Eileen (Leo) Witkowski, a sister-in-law, Rita Louis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Keyesville. Fr. Wesley Janowski and Monsignor Roger Scheckel will concelebrate with burial in the church cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Local Veterans Military Memorial Honors Unit. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at the church from 8:30 A.M. until the time of Mass. Memorials may be made to the Bernard Louis Charitable Gift Fund, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, or the Bernard T Louis Catholic Education Scholarship Fund. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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