Larry Jay Louis 72, passed away on January 13, 2024 in Orlando, Florida. Larry was born April 2, 1951 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to the late Naomi Pearl Knisley Louis, and Paul Elzor Louis Jr.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Karena Louis-Picciotti, son-in-love, Derek Picciotti, loved granddaughter, Reilynn Picciotti, whom he got to meet before his passing, his sister, Judith Mallory, and his former wife and friend, Kathy Howe.
He gracefully handled white matters disease and later dementia the last 5 years of his life, which would eventually relocate him to be closer to his daughter for much enjoyed quality time together. Larry inspired numerous people online through his daughter Karena’s social media posts about their story – over 6 million people to be exact! Each heartwarming video included the genuine sweet demeanor of Larry, especially the top fan favorite post, the introduction of Larry and his sweet granddaughter, Reilynn. Growing up, Larry was a straight A student and attended the University of Florida to work towards his Bachelor’s Degree.
Larry was an avid bowler on a bowling team, and almost scored a perfect game, with an incredible 299 points! He also had a passion for law enforcement and was a part of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in the Reserves for 10 years. During his eighth year in qualification, he hit a perfect target and carried Master, above sharp shooter. His passion and love for his community continued to flourish, and he went on to serve 34 years in the United States Postal Service before retiring at the age of 72.
He received many awards during his time there, including perfect attendance using zero sick leave in 2016 along with other years. Many neighbors loved when he played his Christmas music from his postal truck around the holidays, and he received many notices of appreciation & gifts from managers and neighbors alike for his hard work, passion and dedication. He was also the biggest Steeler fan, loved Don Ponchos Cigar Bar along with all the patrons and owners, and cherished his local church, City of Life Church in Kissimmee, FL which he proudly served at and attended.
Our heartfelt thanks to the incredible staff at Excellence Assisted Living Facility in Orlando, who made the last year of Larry’s life full of love, laughter, and happy times. As Larry always said, “You’re the best.” We praise our Heavenly Father for Larry’s life, and hold Romans 8:28 dear to our hearts during this time.
A graveside service for family and friends will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee Florida.