Louis

December 14, 1933 ~ July 7, 2021

Born in: Inglewood, California
Resided in: Redondo Beach, California

Survived by his three children: John De Simone (Cecille) of Rancho Palos Verdes; Louise Szanto (Terry) of Fort Worth, Texas; Joseph De Simone (Jaci) of San Pedro; four grandchildren; and 6 great-children. He was preceded by his wife of 58 years Evaun, in 2016, his granddaughter Katrina De Simone in 2017, and his brother Robert (Texas) in 2021.

Louis was born in Los Angeles in 1933 and graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1950. As a young man he studied music and played classical piano. He earned an Associates degree at El Camino College then attended National Business School in Downtown Los Angeles. Drafted into the United States Army, he served 6 years. He married his sweetheart, Evaun Gatjens November 27, 1958. Louis and Evaun shared a hobby searching for antiques.
Louis was devoted to his family. He grew up after the Depression and at seventeen he drove a Model T as a delivery boy for his grandfather. F. De Simone Grocery, was located on Pacific Ave on the waterfront in the early 30’s and 40’s. Later he worked at the first Redondo supermarket, De Simone Market, owned by his father John De Simone and family for over 30 years.

Louis was a lifelong resident of Redondo and raised his family, on Avenue F. Louis had a talent for electronics and was trained as a Relay Radio Operator in the Army. In the late 70’s the family business retired, and Louis attended Harbor Occupational College for a power plant steam boiler’s license. From 1978-1991 he worked for San Pedro and Peninsula Hospital maintaining refrigeration and air conditioning.

While he raised his three children he took his sons to a local scout group and enjoyed camping. He also read voraciously, mostly about history, and notably about the Old West and the California Gold Rush. The family took many trips together in a Ford Station Wagon to visit Ghost Towns and the Missions of California.

Services

Visitation: July 20, 2021 6:00 pm - July 20, 2021 8:00 pm

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

310-792-7599
LAFuneral.com

Rosary Service: July 20, 2021 6:30 pm

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

310-792-7599
LAFuneral.com

Service: July 21, 2021 9:00 am

St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church
1900 S. Prospect Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310-540-0329

Graveside Service: July 21, 2021 11:00 am

Holy Cross Cemetery
5835 W. Slauson Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

310-792-7575

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  1. Dear John and Cecille I’m very sorry for your loss Louie was a marvelous person. He was always having a wonderful smile on his face and I can remember the days working with him. My prayers and condolences go to you and your family.

  2. A GOOD MAN Louie was. when De Simone opened up we had a litttle neighborhood mkt. well we had loss of customers due to “supper market De Simone. my mother was disabled and my sister was sick, terminal. i was taken out of St James to run store. Louie and Johnny came to us and offered for me to work in the produce dept. Louie knew we were lost, money wise. I will never forget his kindness.
    know God was happy to have him back in heaven.

    • Started working at De Simone Market as a checker at 16 My Mom also worked there (Maida) Louis was working the back room I have a lot of great memories with all the De Simones we were. always like a big Happy Family
      So sorry for your loss.

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