Louis Paul Lillis, age 78, passed away august 10, 2020, after a year long struggle with cancer.
Lou was born February 19, 1942 in Buffalo, NY. to Louis J. and Marie Ross Lillis. The family eventually moved to Twain Harte, CA, where Lou attended local schools and graduated from Summerville High School, in Tuolumne,, in 1960. He joined the Marine Corps Shortly after, serving for four years.
In 1965, he and Doris Howard, of Tuolumne, were married, and had recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. They lived in Tuolumne for several years, where their daughter Kristi, and son, Daniel, were born.
Lou worked for Pacific Gas & Electric in sonors, then transferred to the colfax, CA. area, where he worked for the Hydro Dept,. In alta, as a supervisor.
After taking an early retirement in 1995, Lou learned to make acoustic guitars. He loved Bluegrass music and he and Doris had many happy times going to Bluegrass Festivals, sitting around with friends at night, pickin’ and singin’.
In 2002 they moved to Brookings, OR. one of their favorite places on the Oregon Coast.
Over the years they enjoyed many RV trips across the US, visiting friends and family, and enjoying the beauty of the country. Lou loved his grandchildren, playing guitar, working with wood, reading, fixing things, traveling, and watching the sunset over the ocean.
Lou was predeceased by his parents, and sisters, Patricia Norris and Mary Lou Hopper.
He is survived by his wife, Doris, of Brookings, OR, daughter, Kristi Ropp, of Beaufort, NC, son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Rebecca Lillis of Auburn, CA, grandchildren, Jeremy and Anne Lillis, of Auburn, CA, Kyle Ropp, of Beaufort, NC, sister, Sue Bryant, of Sonora, CA, brother-in-law, Darrell Howard, of Riggins, ID. and numerous nieces and nephews.
No services will be held at this time. Remembrances may be made to a charity of one;s choice. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting with arrangements.