Lou J. Kontras, 87, of Columbia passed away February 9, 2014 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri.
Lou was born February 26, 1926 in Warren, Ohio to James and Mary Kontras (Vafias). The family moved to Granite City, Illinois where he grew up. He was an excellent high school football and basketball player. Lou enlisted in the Navy Air Corp in 1943. As part of his flight training he attended Notre Dame University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After finishing flight training in Brownsville, Texas the war ended and he settled in Columbia, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri from 1947-48. He married Betty Bratsakis of Chicago, Illinois on October 10, 1948. They were married for 66 years.
Lou and Betty owned several businesses in Columbia, including Tiger Hatters and Cleaners, Louis Washette, and The Forum Laundry. He loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing with friends and family.
Lou was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jenny.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; a son, James; two grandsons, Alexi and Evan; an older brother, Gus, age 101 and his family; a younger brother, Nick, age 87 and his family; and many nieces and nephews.
The visitation is from 5-8PM on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, Missouri 65202. Trisagion prayers will begin at 7:00PM. The funeral service is at 10:00AM on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at St. Luke, The Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church, 1510 Audubon Drive, Columbia, MO. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke The Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com