louis l. watts
Jan. 3, 1958 - May 14, 2013
EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Louis L. “Lou” Watts, 55, of Edwardsburg, passed to his rest Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in his home, after an illness.
He was born Jan. 3, 1958, in Elkhart, the son of Louis K. and Mary E. (Mabie) Watts.
He came to Edwardsburg 27 years ago.
Lou was married July 1, 1989, in Edwardsburg to Karla J. Sheldon.
She survives with their children, Louis (Julie) Yoder of Morning Sun, Iowa, and 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 10 loving grandchildren; and his siblings, Darrell Watts of Goshen, Ind., and Amy “Dar” Brock and Terri (Joe) Littlefield, both of Elkhart, Ind. There are three stepsisters, Jennifer (Danny) White of Rochester, Ind., Judy Hogue of Warsaw, Ind., and Michelle (Steve) Mares of Chicago; and two stepbrothers, Robert Jr. (Phyllis) Clemans 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, Ind., a bridge building company. He also assisted in the clean-up 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 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Hope United Methodist Church, 69941 Elkhart Road, Edwardsburg. A Service of Remembrance will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2013, at Hope United Methodist Church, where there will be an hour of visitation before the service. Officiating will be the Rev. Jeff Reese, Pastor of the church. Interment will follow in Adamsville Cemetery with military rites by the U.S. Army Honor Guard, assisted by Edwardsburg American Legion and 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, MI 49085.
Arrangements are by Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg. For further information call 269-663-5345.