A life lived to the fullest is a tribute to God himself and thanks for his bountiful blessings. Louie J. DiCamillo did just that almost every day in his 83 years of life. Born on June 22, 1933, in Montrose, Colorado, as the youngest of 11 children to Louis DiCamillo and mother Mary English DiCamillo, Louie grew up with a shovel in his hand and a mind of a businessman. He was immensely proud to have played in the first state football championship ever won by Montrose High School in 1950, where they prevailed in a 20-7 victory over Lakewood High School. From there, Louie would go on to grow a family and find success in his multiple entrepreneurial ventures. After serving in the Korean War, with the US Army, he married Katherine “Kellie” Hawley from Rochester, Texas, in 1958, and was blessed with his daughter Roxanne “Roxie” in 1959. As a young husband and father, Louie worked in the mining industry until he transitioned back into the farming business, which was a passion from childhood on. He loved nature, animals and had the innate ability to grow anything.
Though he was known for his stern handshake, he had a kind and giving heart for his family. He knew no stranger and was always a man to help someone in need. From Roxanne and her husband Craig Hovde, his legacy grew with his grandson, Chad Hovde and wife Lauren, and his two children, Connor and Amelia; and with his granddaughter, Shelby Hovde Holt and husband Bill, with her two children, Brooklynn and Levi. He put great effort into spending time with his children and grandchildren which built lifelong bonds between them.
In later years Louie found an interest and success in land development for residential neighborhoods. He spent time each day driving through his developments, visiting with the residents, and often times reminding them firmly to water their tree. He was known to be a joker and nothing brought those around him a better laugh than a Texas size story that left you wondering if it was factual, but it didn’t matter because you certainly entertained.
Louie loved people and had many friends and even more family, and he left a lasting impact on each of them. He truly lived larger than life and his stories will be told for many decades to come, by those who enjoyed them. This is his Legacy, and his family is so proud now to honor him.
Louie was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his siblings and sibling in-laws: Lena and Joseph Sully, Deno Frigetto, Rose and Lew McKean, Francis and Ernie Sulley, Della and Pete DiCamillo, Agnes and Sam DiCamillo, Dominic “Shorty” DiCamillo, Flora and Joe DiCamillo, Angelina and Felix DeJulio, and Nancy and Raymond DiCamillo. He is survived by his wife, who cared for him in his final years with love and diligence, and by his child, grandchildren, great grandchildren and beloved sister Ruth Frigetto. The family would like to extend an invitation to all who wish to attend services for Louie at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Montrose on Friday, October 14, at 10am, followed by a graveside military service at Valley Lawns. A reception at St. Mary’s will follow the graveside service and will be open to all. A rosary will also be held on Thursday, October 13, from 6pm to 8pm at Crippin Funeral Home.