Charles D. Loudis
“Loudie” passed away peacefully at Pottstown Hospital on August 10 at 86 years young. He was the son of Patricia Vaitkus and Stanley Ladavachious Loudis, one of six children born after their migration to the states.
He was active in scouting and camping in his youth, and played many sports, most notably 1st base. He passed that onto his son, because son is a left-handed thrower and couldn’t pitch his way out of a paper bag.
A 1950 graduate of Pottstown High, continuing his education in later years at Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute, ICS, Penn State, Temple and Ursinus College.
Chuck served in the 704th Ordinance Battalion, 41st Infantry Division in the European Theater during the Korean Conflict where he and his wife Doris lived in Frankfurt, Germany. They traveled extensively through many countries in Europe, including a blessing by Pope Pius the 12th on a trip to Rome.
He worked at Dohler-Jarvis for over 35 years, starting as a die casting apprentice, then designer. Then advancing to sales engineer, area sales manager, finally as sales director for the Pottstown plant. He played golf in the Dohler league, and this is where his son learned to swear. For a short period of time after being a die designer, he was a Design Technology Instructor at Montgomery County Vocational Technical School in Limerick. When he was laid off due to corporate greed the decision was made to retire for the next 30 years.
Loudie loved good food, good booze, and had quite a sweet tooth. He was also partial to any kind of meat, especially salami and kielbasa. He never had a bad meal at his son and DIL’s house, but sometimes he was upset with the promptness of the service. Chuck and Di enjoyed dancing to all types of music, especially polka and putting up with the loudness of his son’s band on the weekends for 26 years. During his retirement he became quite the political pundit, although to only a few of us willing to read his emails. He championed the common man, and preferred CNN and MSNBC.
Chuck is survived by a son, Matthew Loudis DPM, husband of Kim (“the greatest daughter-in-law in the world”) Gammell Loudis of Douglass ville. Two grandsons, Kyle in Horsham and Bradley in Rochester NY. Nieces and nephews Patricia Masiulis Powers of Flushing MI, Dorothy Buinevic of Limerick, Carol Matchett Busch, wife of Robert in Lansdale, and John Masiulis, husband of Donna in Flushing MI. Also his grand-dogs, Riley and Rusty, who will miss jumping on him looking for Begging Strips.
Loudie was the last of his clan. He is predeceased by his wife Doris Irene (Genesio) Loudis, who put up with him for 55 years. Also four sisters and one brother- Estell Loudis Narieka of Linfield Hotel fame, Nelda Loudis Matchett, Ann Loudis Masiulis, Helen Loudis Buinevic of The Halfway House fame, and Donald Loudis, husband of Patricia McClocken Loudis of Florida. Also nephews Joseph Narieka and Ronald Buinevic.
Funeral Arrangements will be private, but rest assured alcohol will be involved. We all love you dad, and you will be greatly missed. See you on the other side. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” –Theodor Seuss Geisel