Louis Joseph Palumbo
October 7, 1917 - June 18, 2009

Louis Joseph Palumbo, 91, of Beaumont, died Thursday, June 18, 2009, at his residence.
A native of Beaumont, Louis was born October 7, 1917 to Carlo and Amelia “Minnie” Geraci Palumbo who were Italian immigrants. He had two older brothers, Steve and Tony, and a younger sister, Julia. Growing up, Louis was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and baseball, earning him the nickname, “Triple Threat”. After high school, in 1937, he began working for Mobil Oil, which at the time, was Magnolia Oil. There, he played semi-pro baseball for the company as a left-fielder. Louis would give his pay checks to his parents, in order to help them in difficult times. He continued to work for Mobil Oil until retirement.
When the United States entered World War II, Louis served his country as an Army air corpsman, obtaining the rank of Corporal. His job was loading and unloading bombs. In addition to receiving a Distinguished Unit Badge and a Good Conduct Badge, Louis was awarded a campaign medal and eight bronze stars. During his tour of duty, his campaigns included Algeria – French Morocco Tunisia, SicilyNaples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, Southern France, Po Valley and North Apennines. He tells the story that while stationed in Italy, he spotted a pretty Italian girl standing in the doorway of a shop, and immediately went down to speak to her. It was then that he met his future wife, Osanna. When the war ended, Louis and his parents began the lengthy process of bringing his new fiancée to the United States, which took almost two years. Finally, they were married in February of 1947 and remained married until her death in 1994. Together, they had eight children, four boys and four girls.
Faithful Catholics, Louis and Osanna sent all eight children to Catholic School, from first grade to twelfth. He attended Mass daily until he was no longer able and his niece, Minnie, continued to bring him communion, as his Eucharistic Minister.
Louis remained an avid sports fan his entire life, always holding a football, baseball, basketball or volleyball game on the half acre lot adjacent to his home. As he grew older, he would just pitch or quarterback until eventually, he was a spectator. Regardless, he was always in the center of the action.
A very social and kind hearted person, “Mr. Louis” was always willing to give anyone who needed assistance, a “loan”, with repayment of the least importance. He loved to play dominoes with his buddies and had a garden that rivaled any in the neighborhood, growing gigantic watermelons and tomatoes. He and his buddy, “Mr. Moot” always had a friendly competition going. He also loved his grandkids and they loved to walk down to the canal with “Paw Paw” or just sit on his swing and have long conversations, most of which only the child or Paw Paw could understand. Louis had a strong work ethic and worked hard to take care of his family. He lived simply and instilled in his children the principle of “If you start something, finish it and do it right.” He has earned his rest.
Survivors include his sons, Carlo Palumbo and his wife Brenda of Lumberton, Paul Palumbo and his wife Misty of Lumberton, Mark Palumbo and his wife Deborah of Seabrook and John Palumbo and his wife Stacey of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; daughters, Leda Parker of Clear Lake, Julie Armistead and her husband Robert of Round Rock, Mary Anne Wagner and her husband Allen of Beaumont and Rita Patton and her husband Ricky of Port Arthur; sister, Julia Bendy of Houston; niece and Eucharistic Minister, Minnie Lindsey; sister-in-law, Guiliana Manuel and her husband Lawrence; grandchildren, Tiffany Sanders and her husband John, Stephen Palumbo, Matthew Parker and his wife Rachel, Kristen Parker, William Armistead, Anthony Armistead, James Cassidy and his wife Monica, Justin Cassidy and his wife Nacole, Luke Palumbo, Jordan Palumbo, Jackson Palumbo, Briana Falcon, Blake Falcon, Shala Landry and Jeffrey Patton; and nine great-grandchildren. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Louis’ caregivers, Becky Windham, Margaret Nolan and Tammy Marks.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2009, at St. Anne Catholic Church with burial following at Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. A Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Anthony Cathedral School, 850 Forsythe, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

Service Details

Broussard's Mortuary
2000 McFaddin
Beaumont ,  TX 77701
6/21/2009 from 6:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Anne Catholic Church
2715 Calder
Beaumont,  TX 77701
6/22/2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Memorial Contributions
St. Anthony Cathedral School
850 Forsythe
Beaumont, TX 77701

Obituary Provided By:
Broussard's Mortuary
2000 McFaddin Avenue
Beaumont, TX  77701