Obituary: CMSgt. Robert (Lou) Louis Wells

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BOSSIER CITY – A Funeral Mass for CMSGT Robert (Lou) Louis Wells will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Fr. Joseph Ampatt officiating. A visitation will be held at 9:30 AM at the church followed by a 10:30 Rosary. Interment will be at Hill Crest Memorial Park. A traditional visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home.

Lou was born on June 3, 1940 and passed away on February 23, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents Mary Edith Davenport and Louis C. Wells. Left to cherish his memory, is his loving wife of 53 years Karen B. Wells, children Nancy Wells Reiland and husband Philip, Julia (Judy) Erdie and husband Colonel James Erdie, Cynthia (Cindy) Czajka and husband Colonel Michael Czajka, siblings Donna Wells Campbell and husband Ron, grandchildren Danielle and Adrienne Seal, Carmen and Robert Erdie, Elizabeth and Christopher Czajka, and nephews Craig Campbell and Chad Wells.

Lou had a lifelong love of airplanes, and the idea of air flight. He joined the United States Air Force at age 18 and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1985. After retirement he continued to serve his country and fellow veterans in his second career at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Shreveport. Lou was an avid modeler and took pride in the fact that some of his work was displayed in the Eighth Air Force Museum.

He married his other lifelong love Karen (Kay) Frances Bingham June 25, 1961 and their adventure began. They raised their three daughters at assignments all over the world and ultimately retired in Bossier City. Then grandchildren came along and he was a loving, caring “Poppy” to them all.

Lou and Kay were involved with the Holy Family Catholic Chapel on Barksdale Air Force Base where they continued to minster to single airmen and young married couples. They ultimately became parishioners at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Through his thirty plus year battle with renal disease he was cared for by many professional, loving health care providers. There are too many to thank in this small space but whose concern and attention were no small gift. The family is sincerely grateful.