Louis (Lou) Baptiste, age 91, of Gahanna, Ohio, died peacefully on May 17, 2021. Mr. Baptiste was born March 27, 1930 in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as the only son of Louis Philip Baptiste and Louise (Alma) Berry Baptiste. He spent his childhood surrounded by numerous cousins. He was a member of the St. Anne’s Chapel in Frenchtown and served as an altar boy and attended St. Peter and Paul Catholic School. Mr. Baptiste was inducted to the US Marine Corps in 1952 and served in Korea. He married Betty Sue Bays on September 29, 1952. He retired from the State of Ohio in the State Architects Office after 30 years of service.
After his wife’s passing, he remarried Mary M. Thompson in July, 2002. He enjoyed traveling, planting flowers and plants (green thumb extraordinaire), cooking, bowling, golf, and bingo. He had a great sense of humor and liked to laugh. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
Mr. Baptiste is survived by his children, Gary (Cynthia-dec.), Brian (Sheryl), Myla (Edmund); his grandchildren, Christopher (Victoria), Jonathan, Scott, Trent (Sarah); and great-grandchildren, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Betty Bays Baptiste and Mary Thompson Baptiste.
A visitation will be held Friday, May 21, 2021 from 6-8 pm at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 550 Hill Rd N (St. Rt. #256), Pickerington, Ohio 43147. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 10 am at St. Pius X Church, 1051 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, Ohio with Fr. David Young officiating. Interment will follow at Glen Rest Memorial Estate in Reynoldsburg.