John R. Louis

John R. Louis

December 1921 – February 2021

On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, John R. Louis, age 99, passed away in the home of his daughter.

In his early years, he dropped out of school to help support his parents and large Portuguese family by working on the family dairy.  Later, he went on to operating his own small dairy.  He then went on to work for Northern California Bean Warehouse, starting a long career in the dried bean business, culminating his career as a partner in ownership of Vernalis Warehouse.

John was a kind, hardworking, and giving man who never turned down a relative, friend or neighbor in need of help. If something needed to be torn down, remodeled or repaired, John was the go-to guy.  He built his last fence at the age of 97!

In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and traveling with the Modesto Camper Club. One of his last trips was to the Portuguese Celebration in Pismo Beach, hauling his fifth wheel at the age of 91!

John was preceded in death by his father Antonio and mother Emilia; brothers Tony, Carl, Ernie and Frank; sisters Emily, Virginia and Olivia; and his wife Billie.  He is survived by sisters Mary and Alice; children Kathy, Doug (Karen), and John (Anita); grandchildren Jim, Jason, John and Jennifer; ten great/great-great grandchildren; his devoted partner of 38 years, Eleanor Oliveira, and her children Ken (Kondi), Jeff (Cheryl) and Carolyn, their children and grandchildren.

As per his request, there will be no services.



  • Megan Silva February 5, 2021 9:12 pm

    I love you papa. So blessed my children got to meet their great, great grandpa.
    Rest in paradise..
    See you on the other side of the rainbow ⭐✝️️

  • John Louis Jr. February 5, 2021 9:14 pm

    My Dad is my hero in life and he will always be and I have been extremely blessed by being his youngest John. No greater man has lived a life of helping those in need.

  • John Louis February 5, 2021 9:21 pm

    My Hero in life and will always be no greater man has lived a life of helping those in need. I have been extremely blessed by being his youngest son John and will always be.

  • Kathy February 5, 2021 11:10 pm

    What an honor to care for you the last couple months To share some wonderful and sorrowful memories with you.
    I hope I made you comfortable in those last moments.
    Love you Dad

  • Maxine Coito Hadley February 7, 2021 11:56 pm

    My friend, Johnny, may you rest in peace..You were a good man../sincerely, Maxine Coito Hadley

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