By General Manager and Owner Adam Griffin…
If you mentioned the name Louis Bullock around Vevay, folks knew exactly who you were talking about. Chances were, they’d had seen him out and about, helping neighbors, volunteering on the fire department, or helping fix an electrical issue. Louis was the very definition of what a neighbor should be. Louis was a member of the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department, serving his community in the capacity as a captain. He was president of the Switzerland County Lions club, and served his country in the United States Air Force.
For us at Froggy radio, he was not just a hired electrician…he was a friend…a true friend. In 2009, Louis was our call to install a new emergency generator at both our transmitter site and studios. He performed regular maintenance on that equipment for 6 years. In 2012, when we moved the radio station, I knew the first call to make was to Louis. He was the brains behind moving the generator, and making sure the new building was up to code and certain areas had the right amount of power for the equipment. The day we were to make the move, the engineer we hired to perform the move, walked out and left me with a huge undertaking of something I had no idea what to do. At 7am, as I was freaking out, I get a call from Louis. I told him what was going on, and I heard…”I’m on my way.” And for the following 19 hours, wire by wire, connection by connection, Louis was there with me until we got it done.
Countless other times, I would have issues that were beyond what I knew how to do, and Louis ALWAYS answered my call. There were times, I’m sure as Gayla heard his phone ring, she had to know, it’s Adam! Most recent, the power outage in Vevay. It was a 2am phone call with a generator that failed. In the pouring rain, Louis showed up, and stuck with me all morning long trying to get it fixed. Even after we were back up and running, I had texts and a couple of visits from him, making sure we were ok.
I asked Louis to come to my house a few years back and install a plug on the outside for my camper. In the process, he found some issues with wiring in a couple of other places…series issues. It was late in the day and I told him to come back later in the week, and we’d get it fixed. After leaving, Louis called…”I can’t go home, I know I won’t be able to think of anything else until I know you kids are safe in that house. Can I come back and fix it tonight?” So, he did.
In my almost 30 years of life…I have NEVER met someone like Louis. He’d stop in at the station just to say hi and see how things were going. We’d usually end up talking about the president and current state of our country…but I cherished those moments…and now, will cherish those memories…forever. I don’t know that I will ever meet someone like him again. Folks like that are few and far between.
I’ll say this: I have been so incredibly blessed with the gift of Louis’ friendship. Nothing short of that…a true blessing from God.
Louis, my friend, thank you for it all. I’ll never forget all you’ve done for me, my family, my business and this community. I’m sure going to miss those calls and texts, and the laughs we’ve shared.
To Gayla, Jamie and Jennifer: thank you for sharing him with all of us! And if you ever need us, we’re here for you!
Visitation for Louis will be on Tuesday evening from 5-8 at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home. Legion service will be at 7:40pm with the Jeff-Craig Fire Department Ceremony at 8pm.
Funeral service will be Wednesday at 11am at the funeral home, with internment to follow in Vevay Cemetery.
The following is the obituary from the funeral home:
Mr. Louis Ray Bullock, age 64, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on February 9, 1951, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the loving son of the late, William Robert & Vonnie (Smith) Bullock. He was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a 1969 graduate of Warren Central High School. He received his Electrician Degree from Ivy Tech Community College in Madison, Indiana, where he was also an instructor. Louis was inducted into the United States Air Force in January 1972 and was later honorably discharged. Louis was united in marriage on June 17, 1972, at the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana, to Gayla Chase and to this union arrived two daughters, Jamie and Jennifer to bless their home. Louis and Gayla shared 43 loving years of marriage together until his death. Louis was a former employee for the US Shoe Factory, Randall Textron Inc. in Vevay, Indiana and for Dayton Walther in Warsaw, Kentucky. Louis was an electrician for the Coca Cola Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, retiring in 2013 after 14 years of service. He was the Chief Engineer #315 for the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department in Vevay, Indiana. Louis was currently the president of the Switzerland County Lions Club. He was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185. Louis attended the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana. Louis will be remembered for his love of fishing and camping. Your watch is over, 315. Louis died at 2:40 pm, Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Louis will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 43 years: Gayla (Chase) Bullock of Vevay, IN; his daughters: Jamie Moore & her husband: Scotty of Vevay, IN & Jennifer Canfield & her husband: John of Florence, IN; his grandchildren: Ethan, Elliott, John, Bradley & Makayla; his sisters: Beverly Harris & her husband: Kenny of Huntington, IN & Wanda Hedge & her husband: Doug of Greenfield, IN; his brothers: Joe Bullock of North Fort Meyers, FL & Rob Bullock of Vevay, IN; his father-in-law: James H. Chase of Vevay, IN; his brother-in-law: Lawrence Chase & his wife: Marsha of Vevay, IN; his sister-in-law: Holly Robinson & her husband: Richard of Madison, IN & his several nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents: William Robert & Vonnie (Smith) Bullock; his mother-in-law: Mary Lou Chase, died July 6, 2013; his brother: Norman Bullock; his sister: Betty Delph; his brother-in-law: Steven Wayne Chase, died December 20, 1969.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Wayne Daugherty, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.
Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
The Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department will conduct services at 8:00 pm & the Switzerland County Lions Club at 7:40 pm, Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at the funeral home.
Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185, the Vevay VFW Post #5396 and the United States Air Force Ceremonial Unit.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Lions Club or to the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department. Cards are available at the funeral home.