Elwin ‘Lou’ Lynch

Elwin ‘Lou’ Lynch Elwin “Lou” Lynch passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on July 4, 2013. He was 83, and was a resident of Ridgecrest since 1972.

Memorial services are set for Saturday, July 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ship #4084, located at 117 N. Alvord St. in Ridgecrest. Services will be officiated by Pastor Jim Lamb. Lou will be cremated and transported to his final resting place at an unspecified time.

Lou was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Mangham, La., to Ray Lavelle Lynch and Lucretia Lynch. He was previously a resident of Tiber Dam, Mont.

He served in the U.S. Navy from Nov. 18, 1948, until Sept. 11, 1958. While serving on U.S.S. Brush (DD-745), Lou received the Korean Campaign Medal, Navy Occupation and Good Conduct medals and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Lou also served aboard U.S.S. Bushnell, U.S.S. Uhlmann and U.S.S. Henry W. Tucker, before being discharged at the U.S. Naval Receiving Station, Long Beach, Calif. He was also authorized the Korean Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Lou served as an electronics technician at Sea Launched Weapons—Fuze Branch at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake. He retired on Feb. 1, 1985, after 32 years.

After retirement, Lou became a general building contractor and built custom homes, duplexes, triplexes and many rehab projects. Once again it was time to retire. However, Lou missed working and went to work for our local Walmart, where he met and enjoyed helping many new people. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing and fishing with his wife Carolyne at Lake Isabella. Lou was a lifetime member of the VFW.

Lou is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carolyne J. Lynch of Ridgecrest, son Michael L. Lynch and wife Rosanna of Apple Valley, Calif.; daughter Kim D. Cooper and husband Rick of Ridgecrest; grandchildren Rose Marie Nelson and husband Steven; Angela Ann Fontaine and husband David, Richard W. Cooper and Allison Knight; and great-grandchildren Travis Lee Nelson, Aubrey Fontaine and Katelynn Marie Cooper.

Lou was preceded in death by his first wife Arlene, his father, Ray Lavelle Lynch; his mother, Lucretia and his dear nana Sallie.

Burial will be at Archibald Community Cemetery in Archibald, La.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to: Alzheimers Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr., Clarksburg, MO. 20871.

Submitted by the family of Elwin “Lou” Lynch

Story First Published: 2013-07-17