Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home

2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX


Joseph Louis Gingras Jr.

March 7, 1923November 26, 2019

Joseph L (Lou) Gingras, 96, of Georgetown, Texas, died peacefully in his sleep, next to his bride of 71 years, on Tuesday morning, November 26. He was born in 1923 in Ohio. He moved with his family to Flushing, Michigan where he attended public schools. While attending high school, he was Drum Major of the Marching band, and also played flute and piccolo. He went on to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to study Engineering. Like many young men, he interrupted college to join the US Naval Reserves. He moved to active duty in 1943, promoted to the rank of Ensign, and was stationed at Peleliu Island in 1945. He was released to the Reserves in 1946, and returned to college. Through his sister, he met Helen Sefcovic, and always enjoyed telling the story of their first date, where they shared a 5 cent root beer float. Lou and Helen married in 1948. They created a family of 8 children, 2 have preceded him in death. Their family grew to include 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Lou’s career began at Paramount Engineering, and progressed to Ford Motor Company. He earned his Master’s Degree while at Ford, and enjoyed many successful years as a Mechanical Engineer until retirement in 1985. Lou and Helen travelled the USA by motorhome for over 30 years, visiting 49 states, and much of Canada. Every year’s travels included plans to visit family, from Buffalo, New York to Phoenix, Arizona, and several points in between. Lou and Helen shared a passion for golf, and introduced the game to their children. Family gatherings always included a round of golf for those who could attend. While traveling, they found courses to enjoy in every state. Lou continued to enjoy the game of golf well into his 90’s. During a business trip for Ford, Lou and Helen were able to golf St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland. There will be Memorial Service held at St. Helen Catholic Church, Georgetown on Saturday, November 30. His interment will be at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following charities: Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org), Georgetown Beard Club (georgetownbeardclub.com), or Ride 2 End Suicide (https://donate.knowresolve.org/event/ride-2-end-suicide-2019/e224226).


  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 30, 2019


Joseph Louis Gingras Jr.

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November 30, 2019

Lou what a Joy it was to be their and take care of you. So mamy times have we just sat and talked and talked. Your truly amazing smart guy. The love you have for Helen is deeper then anyone I have ever known. Rest in Heaven my friend.

My Condolences to the family. I know it's not easy losing a loved one. But he was truly at peace.

Gary and Bonnie Heinrich

November 30, 2019

Phil and Joan,
We love you both and are praying for you and your family during this time. Your father seemed like a wonderful man with a blessed life! He showed you how to share your love with the world and there is not a better gift!

Patricia Gorton

November 29, 2019

Santa and Joan, My condolences on the loss of your Dad! Though I didn't know him, I do know he raised a fine son in you! May you keep his memories close in your heart! When we lose a parent we look at our own eternity and our being! Treasure his teachings he gave you throughout life. Peace and blessings as we journey thru Advent! Deaconess Pat Gorton