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Louis Joseph Fought

November 4, 1942September 9, 2018
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With grief the family and friends of Louis J. Fought mourn his death on September 9, 2018, in Sugarland, Texas.

At the beginning of his story, Lou’s father, Orland O. Fought, an Ohio Yankee college student at LSU, met Grace Katherine Loupe, a thoroughly southern Louisianan, in the midst of the Great Depression. They bonded over a shared love of music and married on the eve of World War II. They christened their first surviving child Louis, born November 4,1942, for Grace’s only brother, who, with Orland, had joined the army early in the war. Although born among the Foughts of Fostoria, Ohio, Louis spent his childhood years in Louisiana, ensconced in an extended family of five aunts and many cousins, as well as that bane of all older siblings, a younger sister, Catherine.

Fighter pilots and flight fascinated Louis from an early age. He started flying lessons at age 15, when he first joined the Civil Air Patrol. While his peers all gyrated to Elvis, Louis preferred classical music. His trumpet could be heard in the band at Baton Rouge’s Catholic High School between 1956 and 1960, then on the football field during half-times in the Golden Band from Tiger Land at LSU. There, his curiosity expressed itself through ever changing majors, but he prepared for a career in the Air Force as a member of the ROTC and received a commission upon graduation in 1965.

Two years earlier, however, he had spotted a petite freshman, Glenna Kemp, among the flute players on the first day of band practice. They were friends for a long time, then married in 1964. They would have celebrated their fifty-fourth anniversary on September 19. They welcomed Rascal the dachshund to their family in 1966, the first of many subsequent dogs. Rascal became nursemaid to their human babies with Leigh arriving in 1967, Karl in 1969, and Keith in 1974. Lou saw all three married, Leigh to Douglas Egerton in Fayetteville, New York; Karl to Dorit Matthews, in Miami, Florida; and Keith to Sharon Spencer in Washougal, Washington. He also adored his three grandchildren, Jake, Bradley, and Claire.

After serving as chief of security police for five years on Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas, rising to the rank of captain, Lou became a special agent for Naval Intelligence Service, then went to work for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retirement allowed him to turn to music as a vocation. He became the proprietor of Lou’s Brass Band and Instrument Shop, and few musicians in Fort Bend schools played a horn not refurbished or repaired by Lou in his shop in his garage. He also found his way back to the Civil Air Patrol in the 1980. At that time, too, he became a presence in many community bands, including the Good Times Brass Band, the Rosenberg Symphonic Band, the Missouri City Concert Band, the Round Top Brass Band, and Blasmusik Texas.

A vacant chair sits in the brass section of those bands. Fritz the Dachshund now curls in an empty recliner. Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant will lack a patron on Friday nights. The other end of the phone is silent. He has left these holes in the lives of the people who loved his bawdy humor, his joy of family, his reverence of the Greatest Generation, his measured judgement, his curiosity, his wit, his ability to weep at beautiful music, his deep wells of feeling, and his stalwart loyalty. We will always hear him in the sound of a prop-plane overhead and in the swelling strains of a horn.

A memorial reception will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 1:00 pm with a memorial service at 2:00 pm, at Earthman Southwest Funeral Directors, 12555 S. Kirkwood, Stafford, TX, 77477.

Donations to the Salvation Army or a Children's Leukemia charity requested in lieu of flowers.

Services

  • Visitation and Reception Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 13, 2018
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Jackie Powell (nee Laurent)

September 13, 2018

Glenna & family,

I am so very sorry to hear of Louie's passing. He has always been a very warm and loving friend. He was always Buster's oldest, dearest and best friend until the very end of his life. I truly appreciate the beautiful eulogy he gave on Buster's behalf. Louie and you have always been in my thoughts no matter how far away from Baton Rouge you are. I will keep both of you in my prayers and only wish that we could have been able to visit more often. I will miss him and hope that you will find peace in your hearts and be forever grateful for the time that we all were able to enjoy his joyful and loving presence.

Love, Jackie

Carmel Louviere

September 13, 2018

Glenna and family, please accept my condolences . LJ loved you dearly and his family. He was a kind and gentle man. I will always remember him in my prayers . Know that so many loved him and this should bring comfort.


Carmel Muffoletto Louviere

Kathy Miller Voshalike

September 12, 2018

My Father, Leland H. Miller, mother, Bernice Elsik Miller and I always enjoyed hearing Lou and Glenna play with the Round Top Brass Band on July 4th in Round Top, Texas. Lou and Glenna also played with Kovanda Czech Band on occasion. They were both gracious in sharing their musical talents and joyful sense of humor.

To Glenna and family, I am sorry for your loss of such a great man and am grateful for his service to his country and his sharing his love of music. Please take care and may God bless you.


Kathy Miller Voshalike

Leslie Parish

September 12, 2018

Lou could be counted on to make pithy comments during rehearsals, and sometimes the repartee between him, Beverly Buis, and me could have us in stitches instead of concentrating on the music. One time we were on our way to the TMEA conference in San Antonio, and we stopped at Buc-ee's (home of the "FABULOUS" bathrooms). Standing outside the door was a full-sized wooden Indian. Lou began to ask him questions, and not getting any answers, he began to make up answers to his own questions. While the rest of us were in hysterics, both Lou and the wooden Indian were poker-faced. This was the kind of humor he had, but it was his love of music and his family that really shone on his face and in his actions. God bless you, Lou, and Glenna, you are held close in my prayers.

Leslie Parish

David Turner

September 11, 2018

I am so sad to learn of Lou's passing - he has been a fixture in our German band life for more than 25 years, and both he and Glenna have been a big part of what made the whole band experience fun for us. They have loved our family and been there for us in both sad times and happy times, traveled to every small, out-of-the-way concert venue with us, and broken bread with us over countless German meals. I will never forget all that he has done to take care of us in music and beyond. Safe passage to you Lou - Heaven's band has another great tenorhorn player. Dave

Ed Lobb

September 11, 2018

I was stunned to learn of Lou's passing. He was of endless cheer and very kind to me. I remember his words of support my first day with Blasmusik Texas. He made me feel welcome with that group because I was a stranger to virtually everyone there. During the ensuing years I always looked forward to getting together with Lou whenever we had an upcoming event. I cherish his memory in my heart. Such a kind and wonderful man. I will miss him. Ed Lobb

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Biography

With grief the family and friends of Louis J. Fought mourn his death on September 9, 2018, in Sugarland, Texas.

At the beginning of his story, Lou’s father, Orland O. Fought, an Ohio Yankee college student at LSU, met Grace Katherine Loupe, a thoroughly southern Louisianan, in the midst of the Great Depression. They bonded over a shared love of music and married on the eve of World War II. They christened their first surviving child Louis, born November 4,1942, for Grace’s only brother, who, with Orland, had joined the army early in the war. Although born among the Foughts of Fostoria, Ohio, Louis spent his childhood years in Louisiana, ensconced in an extended family of five aunts and many cousins, as well as that bane of all older siblings, a younger sister, Catherine.

Fighter pilots and flight fascinated Louis from an early age. He started flying lessons at age 15, when he first joined the Civil Air Patrol. While his peers all gyrated to Elvis, Louis preferred classical music. His trumpet could be heard in the band at Baton Rouge’s Catholic High School between 1956 and 1960, then on the football field during half-times in the Golden Band from Tiger Land at LSU. There, his curiosity expressed itself through ever changing majors, but he prepared for a career in the Air Force as a member of the ROTC and received a commission upon graduation in 1965.

Two years earlier, however, he had spotted a petite freshman, Glenna Kemp, among the flute players on the first day of band practice. They were friends for a long time, then married in 1964. They would have celebrated their fifty-fourth anniversary on September 19. They welcomed Rascal the dachshund to their family in 1966, the first of many subsequent dogs. Rascal became nursemaid to their human babies with Leigh arriving in 1967, Karl in 1969, and Keith in 1974. Lou saw all three married, Leigh to Douglas Egerton in Fayetteville, New York; Karl to Dorit Matthews, in Miami, Florida; and Keith to Sharon Spencer in Washougal, Washington. He also adored his three grandchildren, Jake, Bradley, and Claire.

After serving as chief of security police for five years on Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas, rising to the rank of captain, Lou became a special agent for Naval Intelligence Service, then went to work for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Retirement allowed him to turn to music as a vocation. He became the proprietor of Lou’s Brass Band and Instrument Shop, and few musicians in Fort Bend schools played a horn not refurbished or repaired by Lou in his shop in his garage. He also found his way back to the Civil Air Patrol in the 1980. At that time, too, he became a presence in many community bands, including the Good Times Brass Band, the Rosenberg Symphonic Band, the Missouri City Concert Band, the Round Top Brass Band, and Blasmusik Texas.

A vacant chair sits in the brass section of those bands. Fritz the Dachshund now curls in an empty recliner. Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant will lack a patron on Friday nights. The other end of the phone is silent. He has left these holes in the lives of the people who loved his bawdy humor, his joy of family, his reverence of the Greatest Generation, his measured judgement, his curiosity, his wit, his ability to weep at beautiful music, his deep wells of feeling, and his stalwart loyalty. We will always hear him in the sound of a prop-plane overhead and in the swelling strains of a horn.

A memorial reception will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 1:00 pm with a memorial service at 2:00 pm, at Earthman Southwest Funeral Directors, 12555 S. Kirkwood, Stafford, TX, 77477.

Donations to the Salvation Army or a Children's Leukemia charity requested in lieu of flowers.