Louis “Big Lou” Leroy Parenteau
03/29/1928 - 04/08/2019
Louis “Big Lou” Parenteau, 91, passed away, peacefully with his family by his side, Monday, April 8, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Heath and Rehab in Eveleth. A graveside service will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Duluth. Arrangements are pending Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.
Louis Leroy Parenteau was born March 29, 1928 in Duluth to Louis and Martha (Zygmanski) Parenteau. He grew up and attended school in Gary-New Duluth. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy, serving in both WWII and the Korean War as an electrician. He was honorably discharged in 1953. Big Lou and his former wife, Norma Hoover, raised their three children on beautiful Hanke Lake in Iron, MN He worked as an electrician for LTV and Eveleth Taconite until his retirement in 1986.
Big Lou enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, bowling, music, reading, writing, and traveling.
He is survived by his daughters, Sheila Parenteau of Virginia and Alicia (Kevin) Gagne of Duluth; son, Louis (Anja) Parenteau, Jr. of Mountain Iron; sister, Mary (Ray) Johnson of Crosby; brother, Jerome (MaryLee) Parenteau of Superior, WI; grandchildren, Jamie, Brittany, Alicia, Laura, Aaron, Henri, and Nels; great grandchildren, Brienn, Ellie, and Cooper.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth and Robert; sisters, Kathleen and Lorraine; and former wife, Norma Hoover.