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Harold "Louie" Louis Grounds, Jr
September 4, 1945 ~ December 12, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Harold Louis "Louie" Grounds Jr., 78, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on December 12, 2023 at Millers Merry Manor in New Carlisle, Indiana surrounded by his loving family. Born on September 4, 1945 in South Bend, Louie was the son of Harold L. Sr. and Jean R. Grounds (Perogi).
On May 19th,1962 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Jeanette Pawelski.
Surviving Louie are his wife of 61 years, Carolyn; son: Harold "Lou" (Shannon) Grounds; daughter: Michelle (Bob) Widawski; daughter: Lisa Grounds; son: Eric (Deana) Grounds; daughter: Erica Grounds; 18 grandchildren (Many of whom Dad was an instrumental father-like figure to); 21 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Also surviving Louie is his very close and dear brother, Ed (Sandy) Switalski Jr., and sisters Pam (Dennis) Shirtz, Chere (Bill) Lapkiewicz, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and longtime friends Jerry and Joyce Ellinger.
Preceding Dad in death were his parents Harold L Grounds Sr. and Jean R. Switalski; step-mother Jane Grounds; step-father Edmund Switalski Sr.; father-in-law Harry Pawelski Sr.; mother-in-law Bernice Pawelski; his beloved sister-in-law Jackie Switalski; his best man at his wedding Pat Torma and longtime friend Bob Hagey.
Dad had a strong work ethic and was disciplined in all aspects of his life. He was known for his caring nature and keen observation skills, always looking out for those around him. Dad dedicated his career to public service, working at the South Bend Water Works and later retiring as a respected South Bend Police officer after 20 years of dedicated service. During his time as a police officer Dad also held up to 3 part-time jobs in order to make ends meet so Mom could stay home to raise us 5 children. Despite his 8th grade education, Dad was very knowledgeable and knew what it took to put a good house over our heads and great meals on the table. After retiring from the police force, he served as the Equipment Services Manager for the city of South Bend.
Outside of his professional life, Dad had a variety of hobbies that brought him joy. He had a passion for stock car racing, building his own cars, and enjoying the thrill of the track while winning several local track championships. He also loved deer hunting, camping, and the freedom of the open road riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles.
A special heartfelt "THANK YOU" to the staff at Millers and especially those whom went above and beyond to make the transition from home to the facility as comfortable as it could be for Dad .
A ceremony to honor Dad's life will be held in the near future. The details of the service will be shared with family and friends using the latest technology available.
Louie Grounds Jr. will be deeply missed by his loved ones and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. May his memory live on in our hearts as we remember his dedication, caring nature, and zest for life.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 1:00pm-5:00pm, with a meal at 1:00pm at the American Legion Post #357, Sample St., South Bend.