News Death Notice
EARLS, Sr. Mr. Louis Houston Mr. Louis Houston Earls, Sr., age 85, passed away peacefully Wednesday February 4, 2009, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy, Ohio after a brief bout with pneumonia. Louis was born in Philadelphia, TN on Dec. 28, 1923 and was preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, (Alma) Gertrude in 1996, brothers Melvin (Cleveland, OH), Arnold (U.S Army, POW), Doyle (U.S. Marine), and Raymond (U.S. Army), sister Reva (Joseph) Tipton, and parents W. Frank and Bertha. Surviving are sisters Selina (& Bob) of Shelter Island, NY, and Maxine (& Jim, James and Carolyn) Bliscerd of Sweetwater, TN, daughter Sharon (& Wayne) of West Milton, Ohio, son, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and close friends too numerous to mention. Louis was a member of the Riverdale Congregational Church, the National Rifle Association and the RNC. He proudly served his country in WWII as a Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy, logging hundreds of flying hours in PV-1 Vega Ventura, Patrol Bombers over the Aleutian Islands, on submarine bombing missions and on Naval carrier decks. He enjoyed being a team player as shown at an early age by his love of sports, where he played quarterback on Kingston High School's Football Team, Loudon County, and then went on to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After proudly serving his country in the U.S. Navy, he continued a lifetime of government service with over 35 years in supervision for the U. S. Postal Service, Dayton, Ohio. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, Post # 66 Mountain Top, Pleasant Hill, Ohio. Louis was a Master Gardener of many years, winning blue ribbons at the area County Fairs. In addition to his and wife, Gertie's love of travel, he also had at least 20 years enjoyment helping his son-in-law, Wayne, farm in Miami County. Also, it was not uncommon to see Louis at the Bowman-Landes Meats, buying turkey breast for his long time farm cat companion, "Kitty" who died at age 15, the same night of Louis's passing. Sadly missed will be his always upbeat and positive attitude and above all else just being the gentleman he was to all who knew him. A memorial service will take place to be announced at a later date, arrangements pending, as private services were held last week at Hazel-Baker & Snider Funeral Home due to the recent inclement weather.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Feb. 22, 2009.