Louis "Lou" Bovitz, 77, of Gothenburg died Sept. 8, 2020, at Gothenburg Health in Gothenburg. He was born Sept. 10, 1942, in Hibbing, Minnesota, son of Rudolph and Frances (Bradach) Bovitz.
Lou grew up in the Hibbing area and graduated from Hibbing High School and Hibbing Technical College. He served his country in the U.S. Army and the National Guards. He spent the majority of his working career in the computer industry, working as a programmer and computer analyst. He was the head of the service contract department for several large companies such as IBM and Hewlett/Packard. Lou moved to Gothenburg in 2005 at the start of the "work from home" era.
He attended the American Lutheran Church where he served on various boards. He was the Chairman of City Planning and Zoning; on the City Board of Adjustment; and the Board of Directors at Wild Horse Golf Club. He proudly served as a member of the Gothenburg Honor Guard and was a member of the Gothenburg Rotary Club. Anyone who had the opportunity to meet and get to know him would walk away and think "wow people like this really do exist". He was always kind and considerate, but most of all a gentleman.
Lou was passionate about the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He could spend hours just sitting in one spot during hunting or fishing season, never bag anything, just happy to be outdoors. He loved being on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and took many trips to Sturgis.
Many friends walk in and out of our lives and never leave a footprint. Lou left that footprint in the lives of everyone he met. We will miss you and wish you Godspeed on your journey.
Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Patridge; son, Stephen (Jennifer) Bovitz; grandchildren, Sarah Patridge, Nathan Patridge, Haley Bovitz and Isabella Bovitz; his siblings, Judy (Martin) Kerr, Audrey Laliberte, Larry (Val) Bovitz and Mark Bovitz. Lou also leaves behind many friends including Doug and Regis Swanson, Jo Fuller, and special neighbors Jon and Tara Hudson, the members of the Gothenburg Honor Guard and a host of other friends.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents and his life partner, Jean Fourroux; and brother-in-law, Bill Laliberte.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 1 - 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg on Friday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jon Mapa officiating. Masks are required to attend the funeral service. Burial will take place at a later date in the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Honor Guard or Gothenburg Rotary Club. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.