Louis D. Carufel
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Louis D. Carufel, born: January 16, 1923, in Fargo, North Dakota, died: February 4, 2014 at McLaren Hospice, Mt. Clemens, MI
Funeral Mass: Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:00 AM, at St. Christopher Catholic Church, Marysville, MI, with Fr. Arthur Baranowski officiating.
Survived by wife Charlotte and six children: Corinne Wellman (Gary), Louis, Paul (Julie), Mark (Pamela), Marjorie Battaglia, Marie Zeman (Paul); ten grandchildren: Nathan and Andrew Wellman, Jake Carufel, Erika and Alexander Carufel, Holly and Joseph Battaglia, Jacquelyn, Samantha and Daniel Zeman; and two great-grandchildren: Jackson and Carson Wellman. Also survived by nephews and niece: Herbert and Michael Nilles, and Justine Requarth.
As a young man, Lou's first career was with Boeing Co. in Seattle where he assembled B-17 Bombers and then he worked at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard helping to reconstruct ships damaged during WWII. Lou then enlisted in the U. S. Air Force where he completed training as a fighter pilot and achieved the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Lou graduated from Michigan State University in 1950 as an automotive Engineer. He met Charlotte at MSU and they married in 1951. The family settled in Muskegon and Lou spent 20 years at Continental Motors as an engineer and project manager. The family then moved to Marysville where Lou spent 30 years as an engineer at Chrysler working on industrial engine applications. After retirement he continued to work for Daimler Chrysler as a consultant until the age of 78. Lou will always be remembered for the example set by his loving care for his family, his sincere Christian faith, honesty, self discipline in all endeavors, and dedication to the demands of his engineering career.
Cremation has taken place and he will be interred in the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery in Fargo, North Dakota. A mass celebrating his life will be at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Marysville. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Marysville Knights of Columbus, Council 9526, Habitat for Humanity or Kids in Distress Services in St. Clair.
Published in The Times Herald from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2014