HILLENBRAND, Louis A. Jr. ”Lou”, 72, of Wheeling, died Monday, Aug.20, 2001, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home.
He was a lifetime resident of the Wheeling area. Following graduation in 1946 from Wheeling Central Catholic High School, he was employed as Assistant Appliance Manager at George E. Stifel. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the 194th Tank Battalion as First Sergeant, Headquarters & Service Company. Upon completion of his military service, he began a 19 year career with Columbia Gas Company in Sales Promotion. He then joined the Bank of Wheeling, where he served as vice-president and security officer.
Well known for his civic and organizational involvement, he devoted himself to working with the youth of the community. He coached football at St. Michael’s Elementary, where he also served as the Scout Master. For many years,as Santa, he delighted hundreds in hospitals and schools, with a special caring for those of the Russell Nesbitt School. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award and the St. George Medal for his more than 30 year affiliation with scouting.
Hillenbrand was a past member of the Serra Club, Civitan Club, Kiwanis, Jaycees, F.O.P., Saints and Sinners and the American Legion. He remained a member of the Knights of Columbus until his death. Prior to entering the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, he was a resident of The Home for Men in Warwood. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis A. Sr. and Marguerite Kerrigan Hillenbrand.
He is survived by two sisters, Margaret A. ”Peggy” and brother-in-law, Robert J. Haskins of Steubenville, Ohio, and Mary Jo Hillenbrand Kendo of Dayton, Ohio; nine nieces and nephews and their spouses; and twenty one great-nieces and nephews complete the family.
Friends will be received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, on Friday from 2-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial wil be celebrated on Saturday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Pat Condron as celebrant. Interment in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.