Louis Carl Kuttruff (1920 - 2018)

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Louis Carl Kuttruff, a long-time resident of Baton Rouge, died on December 27, 2018, in Austin, TX, at the age of 98. The grandson of German immigrants, Louis was born on April 7, 1920, in New Orleans and grew up in the 9th Ward. He attended Palmer Grade School and graduated from Warren Easton High School in 1936. In what he described as one of the happiest times of his life, he received a scholarship to LSU and graduated in 1943 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. It was at LSU that he met and married his first wife, Liz, and together they raised six children in their 33 years of marriage until her death in 1975. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II from 1943–1946 as 1st Lieutenant with the 977th Engineer Maintenance Company in Northern France, Central Europe, and Rhineland. After the war, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1947. Upon returning to Baton Rouge, he went to work for Esso/Exxon until he reluctantly retired 46 years later from a job he loved. Louis was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in New Orleans and was a devout and active member of First Lutheran and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches in Baton Rouge. He served for many years as Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 88. His dedication to scouting was recognized by the BSA National Court of Honor, and he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service. Louis followed in his grandfather's footsteps and became an accomplished woodworker and woodcarver. He built detailed wooden model ships and furniture, did parquetry and marquetry wood inlay, and could fix anything. An avid reader, letter-writer, and a lifetime student, his interest and curiosity in the world and people around him never waned. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Alma, his first wife Elizabeth Ricks, his brother Jack, and his oldest child, Carl. Louis is survived by his wife of 24 years, Colleen Litolff, and by his children, Gail, Kirby, Alma, Katty, and Claude and their spouses, Mike, Jeremy, Larry, and Carl's wife, Jenna; his grandchildren, Nicole, Larry, Deanna, Michael, and Jane. He was beloved by Colleen's children, Ed, Brian and Patricia and their spouses Jeannie, Yan, and Jamie; and their children Trey, Tracy, Asa, Niki, and Zoefei. The family thanks the staff of Brookdale Westlake Hills in Austin, TX, for their many kindnesses and for helping Louis live independently until the very end. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5990 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge on Saturday, January 26, 2019. For all who knew him, Louis made life better, and the family is thankful for the many years they were blessed with him. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 12 to Jan. 26, 2019
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