Louis was born Dec. 3, 1943, in Ada to Paul and Mildred (Hill) Welch. When Louis was ten days old, his grandmother Audie started raising him so he called her “Momma,” and they lived together until her death in September 1990. A good family friend, Mr. Morgan, also raised him.
Louis worked everyday of his life and had just retired in March 2009. He started picking cotton as a young boy, and then he once talked about going on a harvest crew one year when he was a young man in South Dakota. He worked 25 years for Altus Laundry and then in 1993, he moved to Oklahoma City and worked for Aero Components for 15 years as a security guard.
Louis loved going out on weekends to play pool with his buddies, go to the flea markets, and to rooster fights with his cousins. He also loved to watch wrestling and go to the Mangum Rattlesnake Derby. He spent a lot of time fishing, which he enjoyed so much.
Louis never met a stranger and loved everyone. He was the man who would give the shirt off his back to those in need. He didn’t have children, but raised his nieces and nephews as his own children. Louis is going to be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Louis was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred in 1973; “Momma” Audie in 1990; and step dad in 2006.
He is survived by two sisters, Glenda Perez and husband Fausto of Ellenton, Ga., and Judy Bleer of Victorville, Calif.; three brothers, Jerry Duty and wife Brenda of Moore, Jody Duty and wife Glenda of Hemet, Calif., and Johnny Duty of McAlester; nieces and nephews, Amy Gibson, Marshall Gibson, Curtis Gibson Jr., Kenneth Gibson, Charles Smith and wife Jessie, Alex Smith, Brianna Smith, Charles Duty, LaQuita Bleer, Danny Bleer, Micheal Bleer and Scott Bleer; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins; one aunt, Ruby Odom; and two nieces whom he called his adopted daughters, Tammy Gibson and Sarah Gibson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at Lowell-Tims Chapel with Pastor Lionel Mounce officiating. Interment will follow at Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
On line tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com