Jagucki, Louis F. 95 of St. Clairsville, OH passed away Monday, May 28, 2018 at Oak Creek Terrace in Kettering, OH. He was born on December 7, 1922 in Neffs, Ohio, son of the late Louis S. and Stella (Czekalski) Jagucki. In addition to his parents, Louis was preceded in death by Isabel (Velez), his beloved wife of 60 years, an infant daughter Patricia, baby sister Pauline brother, Edward J. Jagucki and nephew Barri Shank.
He is survived by daughter, Rita (Mark) Pinti of Beavercreek, OH; sons, Louis A. (Nancy) of Portland, OR and David (Pamela) of Kettering, OH; three grandsons, Armando Jagucki, Khaloy White, Christopher Jagucki and one granddaughter, Arika White Chamberlain; brother, Thomas P. (Joyce) Jagucki; five nephews, seven nieces and seventeen grand nephews and nieces.
Louis graduated from Bellaire High School in 1941 and from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH in 1944. He enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in 1942 and was assigned to the US Navy V-12 Program at Case in 1943. He completed Apprentice Seaman training and received his BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1944. He was assigned as Midshipman to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD where he completed his Naval Officer’s training and commissioned Ensign in Dec. 1944. During WWII he served on the USS John Paul Jones DD230 and on the USS Orleck DD886 where he was promoted to LT. junior grade. Upon his release from active duty in 1946, he was assigned to the Naval Reserve Unit in Warwood, WV. In 1950 he was recalled to active military duty during the Korean War. He served on the USS Richard B. Anderson DD786 as Chief Engineer and promoted to LT. senior grade. His military service awards included: Combat Action Ribbon, China Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Naval Occupation Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with four battle stars, Naval Reserve Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal and Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
In 1946 he began his career in the steel industry as an engineer in steel pipe manufacturing. He was employed 31 years at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. in Benwood, WV in various supervisory and operations management positions: Chief Plant Engineer, Supt. Of Pipe Finishing; Warehousing and Shipping Facilities; Supt. Of Pipe Welding Mills, Primary Finishing and Galvanizing Dept.; and Plant Manager. After retiring in 1977 he founded Lodais Technical Services, Inc and provided engineering consulting services for steel pipe welding, galvanizing and finishing industry in USA, Canada and Mexico. He also had European assignments in Holland and Austria. He did volunteer consulting work assignments through the International Executive Services Corps in Monterrey, Mexico and Kingston, Jamaica.
He was a Registered Professional Engineer in OH and WV, Past Commander of American Legion Post No. 77 Neffs, OH and a member of the following organizations: National OH, WV and Wheeling Societies of Professional Engineers, National Management Association, The Galvanizer’s Committee; Reserve Officers Association, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, American Association of Retired Persons; Oglebay Institute; Belmont County Historical Society and Belmont Hills Country Club. He liked to play golf, bowl and was an avid gardener.
He was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church, St Clairsville where he served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, Past President of Parish Council, Past President of St. Francis Society and the bingo committee. He was a Charter Member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 4243 and 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Commodore Jack Barry Assembly.
Family and friends will be received on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Clairsville where the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will provide an Honor Guard during visitation hours. A vigil service will be held at 2 pm. Members of the Knights of Columbus will conduct a Rosary service on Sunday. The Belmont County Council of the American Legion will conduct Full Military Honors at the funeral home on Monday at 9 am. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10 am at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St Clairsville with Fr. Thomas A. Chillog, as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Union Cemetery, St. Clairsville.
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