Louis Daby

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Louis (Lou) Daby, age 91, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by all who loved him.

Lou was born October 4, 1922 in St. Thomas, ND, son of Neil and Emma Daby. He graduated from St. Thomas High School and joined the Navy serving 3 ½ years during WWII. After an Honorable Discharge, Lou attended UND and MSU graduating in 1966 with a BA degree. Lou continued his education at NDSU earning his Master’s Degree in 1972. Lou was a 55 year member of the American Legion.

Lou married Lois Horsley on August 29, 1948 in Neche, ND.

Lou worked for the Great Northern/BNSF Railroad for 35 years and also enjoyed his part-time job in the Men’s Department store at deLendrecies.

Lou and Lois spent 28 winters in Mesa, AZ where he was an avid tennis player (he possessed a wicked serve) and power walker into his late 80’s.

Lou was always upbeat and positive, never voicing an unkind word and always had a “one-liner” that made everyone smile.

Lou is survived by his wife, Lois, of 65 years; two daughters, Pamela (Mario V.) Navarro, and Beth Jones; five grandsons, Mario R. (Charisse), Gabriel (Missy Thiege) Navarro, Aaron (Amanda), Adam and Skylar Jones; Eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Rex, Deward, Neil, and Wilma (Midge).

Lois, Pam and Beth would like to thank the staff of, Primary Home Based Healthcare of the Veterans Administration, Hospice of the Red River Valley and in home caregivers, Amanda, Yvonne, Linda and Ana.

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  1. St. Thomoas North Dakota
    Sincere sympathy to you and your family, Lois. I remember when you taught in St. Thomas, Lois. I actually live right across the street where Louis lived in St.Thomas. I bought Eleanor and Frank Misialek’s house twenty years ago. With love, Donna

  2. Louie was such a kind, gentle and witty guy. I loved all of his funny sayings the last thing he said to me was ‘keep the faith.’ I certainly will, Louie. I feel truly blessed to be a part of his family. Rest in Peace, sweet Louie 🙂

  3. Stockton CALois, Pam and Beth growing up with such wonderful people around me as neighbors made me feel a bit more comfortable in troubled times and Lou always had that gentle calmness and peace. God Bless you all and your families in this time of sorrow. Best Regards Always from the Sopers, Jeff

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