Obituary: Louis ‘Lou’ Gimbutis, Jr., 72, of Scottville

October 24, 2022

Louis Gimbutis

Obituary: Louis ‘Lou’ Gimbutis, Jr., 72, of Scottville

Louis “Lou” Gimbutis Jr. passed away Thursday, October 20, 2022, at Butterworth Hospital Grand Rapids, at the age of 72. He lived his final weeks, months, and years in precisely the same manner that he had lived his previous 7 decades- concerned not for himself, but only for the happiness and well-being of his loved ones.

He is survived by his mother, Loretta Gimbutis; his brother, David (Jane) Gimbutis; his daughters, Laurie (Scott) Haynor, and Erica (Darriel) Fox; his son, Louis David Gimbutis; and his grandchildren; Cadence and Cain Fox, Brett Dunlap, and Trenton Durling.

Louis was born in Ludington and graduated high school from Mason County Central High School.  He received an associate degree from West Shore Community College, and a bachelor of science degree from Ferris State University, where he later landed an Army helicopter on campus for a formal speech to the students of his alma mater. 

Louis Gimbutis

His proudest days were while serving his country on three terms of active duty in Vietnam, and justifiably so. Louis was a member of the Army Tank Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, and a 1st Cavalry Division Warrant Officer helicopter pilot.  He was awarded two Purple Hearts for being wounded as the result of enemy action, the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in an aerial fight, the Bronze Star for heroism and valor, and an Air Medal for hours airborne.

Caesar believed that immortality could be achieved if one’s acts during life were of sufficient impact and magnitude to ensure that his name was never forgotten, even after leaving his body behind. By this measure, it’s easy to see where Louis now lives and will continue to live on- in the hearts, minds, and spirits of those he loved most.

In accordance with his wishes, no service will be held.

The best of words limp when attempting to describe how much he will be missed as a Son, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Uncle, and pet owner.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington, 

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