Kaa, Louis Joseph, was born at home March 19, 1921 in Pasadena, California passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California.|
Lou was a resident of Pasadena, where he grew up with his siblings Hank, Margaret, John, and Connie. A natural athlete, he lettered in football, basketball and baseball in high school. He attended Pasadena City College before enlisting in the Army in 1941. A veteran of World War II and The Korean War, he lived and traveled the world. Among his many assignments were stints in England, Japan, Korea and Germany. After 25 years of service, he retired from the military with the rank of Command Sergeant Major.
In 1966 he moved to Huntington Beach with his wife and four children. Upon entering the civilian work force, he received a certificate in Hospital Administration from UCLA and worked at Orthopedic Hospital of Los Angeles. He continued his career in hospital administration at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. There he oversaw the hospital expansion and construction of the West Tower. He retired from Hoag in 1981.
Lou was an avid fisherman who took pride in teaching his children and grandchildren how to fish. He attended an annual health care fishing trip for over 20 years. His other great passion was tending his orchids and roses. Lou's flowers always bloomed longer and more vibrantly than anyone else's.
Lou is predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Julia (Ozoroski) of Phoenixville, PA. He is survived by his children, Nanci Larsen and her husband Jack, Jeffrey Kaa, James and his wife Kristen, and Mariann Kaa; his grandchildren, Josh, Austin, Audra, Amber, Zachary, and Natalie; and three great grandchildren. He is also survived his sister-in-law, Mary Rose Ozoroski and cousin Lorena Taylor, along with nieces and nephews from the west and east coasts who grew up visiting and loved spending time with their "Uncle Lou."
Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 1, 2013