obit: Louis Michael Valis
Louis Michael Valis age 51 of Lorena left this world to be with his Lord and Savior November 8, 2009. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10AM Thursday, November 12, 2009 at St. Jerome Catholic Church with Father Rakshaganathan Selvaraj officiating and Deacons Greg George, Johnnie Thornton and Charlie Wright assisting. Burial service will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Westphalia, Texas. Visitation will be from 5:30 PM to 7:30PM Wednesday November 11, 2009 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. The recitation of the Rosary will follow at 7:30PM.
Louis was born February 2, 1958 to Louis and Margaret Kolodejcak Valis in Houston, TX. He graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1976. He attended two years of college in Montana on a gymnastics scholarship. He then received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin in 1982. He received his Masters in Business Administration from Baylor University in 1988. He married Carla Thornton, the love of his life, on May 21, 1988. After working at Huck Manufacturing for twenty years in various managerial positions, he left to pursue his dream of owning his own business. In 2005 he and his business partner and good friend, Luther Fore, began building homes full time. Their company Valis and Fore Homes is highly respected in the home building industry.
Louis was a proud father who delighted in watching his children Kayla, Brooke and Eric excel in their many activities. He loved spending quality time with his family including dancing, grilling, camping and family vacations. He was an avid bow hunter and loved the outdoors. Louis felt the need to give back to his community by volunteering with the American Cancer Society/Cattle Barons Ball, Habitat for Humanity and St. Jerome Catholic Church. Louis was a wonderful husband, incredible father, and great friend who will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife Carla; daughters Kayla and Brooke; and son (and fellow Longhorn) Eric; a sister, Margaret Valis Null and husband Ernie of Magnolia, TX; a brother Steven Valis and wife Tonya of St. Charles, MO; niece Lisa Null ,also of Magnolia ; nephew Brian Null and his wife Holly and baby Madyson of Lewisville, CO. He is also survived by the entire Johnnie and Charlotte Thornton family of Westphalia.
Pallbearers include: Luther Fore, Brian Glatter, Troy Pierce, Ernie Null, Steve Valis, Johnnie Thornton, Jr., Charles Thornton, James Thornton, Jerry Thornton, Craig Thornton,
Carla and family would like to thank the entire community for the tremendous outpouring of love and support at this most difficult time.
In Lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Habitat for Humanity or the Valis Children Memorial Scholarship Fund, at Extraco Banks.
Grace Garden Funeral Home -- Waco, TX