Our dear Lord called Louis J. “Louie” Gilles, Sr. to his heavenly home on December 17, 2017. The youngest of four, Louie was born in 1923 and grew up on Lime City Road, Perrysburg. He graduated from Perrysburg High School. Louie proudly served his country in the Army in World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and he drove for General Eisenhower’s Detail. Louie worked for Libbey-Owens-Ford for 35+ years in every area of the plant in Rossford, and retired in 1984 from the Mold Shop. Louie was selected by L.O.F. as part of an elite group of individuals who went to Washington, D.C. to encase the Nation’s Documents. Louie worked as the craftsman who constructed the glass enclosures and was the “steady hand” who performed the soldering of the tempered glass cases. It was not unusual for President Truman to stop in to watch him work. Louie was very proud of his participation on this special project and after retirement maintained a display for several years at the Sauder Museum in Archbold, Ohio, in which he had replicas of the Constitution and Bill of Rights documents and the tools he used. He enjoyed sharing his experience and did several presentations for various school, military and scouting organizations. Louie met Louise in April 1956. “Lou and Lou” were married on August 25, 1956. Together they settled in Point Place and raised three children. Louie was a family man and was always busy around the house. His sons learned how to fix cars, home maintenance, and to repair just about anything. Together with Dad they enjoyed hunting and the usual prey was rabbits and pheasants and the occasional deer. His daughter became his fishing buddy since the boys got seasick, and she enjoyed being the pilot of Louie’s 1960 Lyman Runabout, The “C-U-Later.” Many happy Saturdays were spent fishing on Lake Erie by the Toledo Harbor Light, Turtle Island and West Sister Island. Louie enjoyed his retirement years and along with Louise traveled to all 50 states and Canada, visiting family and friends. He enjoyed working on his metal lathe as well as wood working and made numerous puzzles for friends and family and enjoyed showing them his latest “brain-teasers.” He also enjoyed playing horseshoes and participated in many Senior Olympic events. He adored his grandchildren and enjoyed teaching them the important things in life such as how to swim and to ride a bike. He was a 40+ year member of Messiah Lutheran Church and served as an usher for many years and assisted in construction of the large stained glass windows in the sanctuary. Louie is survived by his son, Louis (Harriet); daughter, Diane (Thomas); nieces, Bev Kelly, Cindy (Jack) Dubrien; nephew, William (Sue) Bauroth and cherished grandchildren, Lynda (Carl) Johnson, Bryan (April) Gilles, Dorothy (Greg) Bosworth, Michelle Gilles, Allison and Zachary Pauwels, as well as 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife, Louise; son, David; parents; brothers and sister. In keeping with Louie’s wishes, there will be no visitation, and entombment at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park will be private. David R. Jasin-Hoening Funeral, Toledo, has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at: www.hoeningfuneralhome.com
. Louie’s family would like to thank the caring angels of Parkcliffe of Northwood, Ohio, and Great Lakes Hospice for their compassionate care of Louie. Dad, Grandpa, we love you dearly and will miss you very much. We rejoice you are now pain free and joining Mom in Heaven for a joyful reunion. Rest in peace, and we will C-U-Later.