Jan. 3, 1958 - May 14, 2013
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EDWARDSBURG - Louis L. "Lou" Watts, 55 years old, of Edwardsburg, passed to his rest on May 14, 2013 at his home after an illness. He was born January 3, 1958 in Elkhart, the son of Louis K. and Mary E. (Mabie) Watts, and came to Edwardsburg 27 years ago. Lou was married July 1, 1989 in Edwardsburg to Karla J. Sheldon, and she survives with the children, Louis (Julie) Yoder of Morning Sun, Iowa, Nichole (Aaron) Waggoner, Felicia (Steve) Steinbicer and Veronica (Dave) Smith, all of Edwardsburg. He is also survived by his mother and stepfather, Robert and Mary Clemans of Edwardsburg, his ten loving grandchildren, and his siblings, Darrell Watts of Goshen, Amy "Dar" Brock and Terri (Joe) Littlefield, both of Elkhart. There are three stepsisters, Jennifer (Danny) White of Rochester, Judy Hogue of Warsaw, and Michelle (Steve) Mares of Chicago, and two stepbrothers, Robert (Phyllis) Clemans Jr. and Arden (Missy) Clemans, both of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis K. Watts. Lou worked as a heavy equipment operator for Northern Indiana Construction of Mishawaka, a bridge building company. He also assisted in the cleanup of New York City after 9/11. Lou loved the outdoors and nature, especially hunting and fishing. He enjoyed camping and just being with his family, the grandchildren and all of his friends. Beloved to him was his cat, Oreo. Family and friends may gather on Sunday, May 19th, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, at the Hope United Methodist Church, 69941 Elkhart Road, Edwardsburg. The Service of Remembrance will be Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Hope United Methodist Church, where there will be an hour of visitation before the service. Officiating will be Rev. Jeff Reese, Pastor of the church. Interment will follow at Adamsville Cemetery with Military Rites by the U.S. Army Honor Guard assisted by the Edwardsburg American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Lou was a Military man in the U.S. Army. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085. Arrangements are by the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg. For further information call 269-663-5345.
Published in South Bend Tribune on May 17, 2013