Elias “Louis”

September 18, 1936 ~ July 3, 2022

Born in: Tripolis, Greece
Resided in: Redondo Beach, California

Elias “Louis” Delis was born September 18, 1936, in Tripolis, Greece. He was 1 of 8 children – 4 boys and 4 girls – born to Nikolaos and Stavroula Delis and spent his formative years living through the struggles of WWII and the Italian and German occupancy of Greece. To help his family make ends meet, Louis began working at the local bakery at 7 years old sweeping and doing odd jobs.

At 27, Louis and his younger sister, Eleni, followed their older brother, George, to Canada to look for new opportunities. The siblings stayed there for a few years before leaving the Canadian winters behind them for the sunny weather of Los Angeles, California, where their older sister, Christina, made a life with her husband, Stavros.

In 1969, Louis traveled back to Greece, where he met, fell in love with, and married his wife of over 52 years, Helen (Karatzias). After their wedding, the couple returned to Los Angeles, opening a restaurant with Louis’ sister and brother-in-law, Stavros, on 2nd St in Hermosa Beach, California that they called S and L.

Before long, Louis and Helen began growing their family and decided it was time to open a restaurant of their own. In August of 1973, the couple opened the doors to Louis’ Burgers on Artesia Blvd in Redondo Beach, California which they operated for over 45 years. They became well-known and much-loved members of the Redondo Beach and South Bay community, finally retiring in November of 2019 when Louis was a spry 82 years young.

For the over 50 years the couple resided and worked in the South Bay, they were devoted parishioners of Saint Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach. Louis enjoyed putting his baking skills to use providing St. Katherine’s their prosphora (the leavened bread used in Orthodox Christian liturgies) whenever possible.

More than anything, Louis loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, watching anything sports-related, catching the latest action movies and comedies on his big screen TV, and caring for animals. Over the years he bred and raised thousands of canaries in his spare time, which was a true passion for him.

On Sunday, July 3, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones, Louis peacefully fell asleep in the Lord. He was preceded in death by his son, George, his parents, his brothers, George and Kostas, and his sisters, Eleni, Sitsa, and Christina. Louis is survived by his loving wife, Helen, his sons, Nick (Patty), Steve (Lisa), Sam (Jayelyn), and daughter, Mary; as well as his pride and joy, his grandchildren, Bryleigh and Elias (Sam and Jayelyn), Niko, Taso, and Christiana (Steve and Lisa), and George and Joanna (Nick and Patty). All will deeply miss him!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


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Torrance, CA 90503


Trisagion: July 12, 2022 5:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - Rice Center
5310 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503


Service: July 13, 2022 10:30 am

St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
722 Knob Hill Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Graveside Service: July 13, 2022 12:30 pm

Green Hills Memorial Park
27501 S. Western Ave.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


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  1. candle 2Dearest Thea, Mary, Nick, Steve, Sam and your beautiful families, Sending our love and prayers now and always. Theo’s memory will be eternal in our hearts! Love Soteri, Dana, Danielle and Stavros

  2. Louis was a great friend, husband and father… I looked forward to talking with him at his restaurant…a man of honor and respect…. I know he will be missed..,,

  3. candle 8Please accept our condolences for your loss. Loved Louis’ Burgers and your parents. we went there at least once a month if not more. Was sad when they finally decided to close and retire. I am glad he had a couple of years to enjoy his well-earned retirement.

    Keeping your family in our prayers.

    Lillian Johnson

  4. candle 8To my former RUHS Wrestling teammates, Nick, Steve & Sam: I will never forget your friendship during our High School days nor will I forget all the times I visited Louis’ Burgers. I will especially not forget all the times Steve would beat me on the wrestling mat! For the three of you, your mother & sister, your wives and children and other family members, I offer my sincere condolences. Take Care.

  5. candle 8Dearest family… I want to tell you how much we girls that were students of Flavios Beauty School across the street from the restaurant enjoyed eating at Louis Burgers! A really wonderful memory! Your dear dad and family are in my heart and in my prayers. Sending love and condolences.

  6. candle 3I have so many memories of when I was a kid and I went to birney elementary School with Mary. I remember her parents always being extremely nice and caring. I also remember going to Louis burgers after school where I would often see Mary hanging out. Thank you for the great memories. I send my deepest condolences to your family. Your father will always hold a special place in our hearts and our community.

  7. We spent almost every Sunday morning after church at Louis Burger when our children were growing up. Those were the best Sundays. Louis and his wife are an integral part of our sweet Sunday memories. Sincere Condolences to the entire family on his passing.

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