Louis Frederick "Lou" Guerra

  • Born: August 5, 1930
  • Died: June 7, 2022
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Louis F. "Lou" Guerra, 91 of Battle Creek, Michigan died Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Lou was born August 5, 1930 in Lancaster, New York to Victor and Rose (Queeno) Guerra. He grew up in Lancaster and graduated from Lancaster High School. Lou honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received a Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation. Lou earned his Bachelor's Degree from State University of New York at Brockport and his Master's Degree in Physical Education from Michigan State University. He taught physical education and coached at St. Philip Catholic Central for two years, at Battle Creek Lakeview High School for five years and at Battle Creek Central for 25, retiring at age 62. During his career, Lou coached floor hockey, baseball, football, girls' basketball and track. Lou was also a Driver's Education instructor through Battle Creek Central.

Louis F. Guerra was united in marriage to Sheila M. Guerra on December 28, 1957 in Reed City, Michigan. Lou was preceded in death by his wife Sheila on May 15, 2006. Lou was united in marriage to Norene (Cole) Fox. On June 11, 2011. Surviving are his wife, Noreen; children, Patti Zull of Battle Creek, Steven (Robin) Guerra of Battle Creek, Michael Guerra of Battle Creek, John (Jennifer Neil) Guerra of Plymouth, Vicky (Michael) Groat of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren, Kaitlin Zull, Kristin Zull, Alex (Chad) Mainstone, Hannah (Cody) Burghdorf, Olivia (Caleb) Vincent, Gabe (fiancé, Kylie Bruner) Guerra, Blake (Amanda) Groat, Isabella Guerra, Jonathan Guerra; great-grandchildren, Payton Mainstone, Colton Mainstone, Everly Mainstone, Ivy Burghdorf, Vivian Burghdorf, Olive Burghdorf, Ellah Vincent; Baby Vincent due any minute, and Baby Groat Due in September. Lou was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Rose and a brother, Frederick Guerra.

Lou was an excellent football player at Brockport and also played Semi-pro football in New York. Lou was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church. He worked St. Philip Bingo for 20+ years. Lou was an avid golfer and Michigan State University football fan. Strawberry Shortcake was always on Lou's menu. Lou loved following his grandchildren's activities, stopping with them to check-out cattle and horses and going to McDonald's to treat and entertain them. Early in life, Lou flipped houses, and was a very good handyman and painter. Lou will be remembered for his kindness and love of family, friends, neighbors, golf buddies and new acquaintances. He was a man of faith, that believed in the power of prayer. Lou was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend that lived life to the fullest.

Friends will be received 3:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2022 at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church. Military honors and committal will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sheila Guerra Scholarship Fund, 63 North 24th Street, Battle Creek, MI 49015. Personal messages for the family may be placed here in the Memory Book at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Oh man - I just found out about this, and my condolences to the whole Guerra family. What's there to say about the glory days of Woolnough Street? (for the Bushes - 1968 to 1975) The block parties, the playing in the empty lot next to their house, babysitting Vicky and Johny on the rare occasion... plus, Lou and Sheila both coached my Safe-T-Play hockey team. He always passed out wrigley gum before a game - it still brings back memories of the Youth Building.

Lou, thanks for all you taught me about dedication to craft and good sportsmanship. You were a man among men.

Posted by Catherine Bush - Abingdon, VA - Family Friend   July 17, 2022

Mr. Guerra was my gym teacher during my years at Fremont School (1975-76 to 1980-81) and a former neighbor of mine and my family. He was a great guy, always very nice and treated everyone the same.

I always had a lot of respect for him. I remember fondly the parachutes he used in gym class, and almost getting steamrolled by his huge dog, Cinnamon, many times - great childhood memories.

My deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family.

Greg Tunnicliff

Posted by Greg Tunnicliff - Flushing, MI   June 14, 2022

May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss. So very sorry for you loss.

Posted by Jean Karslake - Mason - Family Friend   June 10, 2022

Mr. Guerra was a really nice man. I always enjoyed it when he filled in at Urbandale School. Later in life I had him as a driving instructor.

Mr. Steve Guerra and family you are in my prayers.

Posted by Kevin Crawford - Battle Creek - Student   June 10, 2022

Steve and family,
Steve and Vicky and the rest of the family, our prayers go out to you all during this time of loss. May God comfort you in your grief and draw you all closer together as you mourn the loss of your Father and Grand Father.

Posted by Dick Bradstreet - addison, MI - Family Friend   June 10, 2022

Lifting up Lou's family in prayer at this time.

Posted by Candice Groves - Marietta, GA - Family Friend   June 10, 2022

Lou, was the kindest, most gentle and caring man. He was fun to be around and will be missed by our family!

Posted by Steve Cole - Stanwood, MI - Family   June 09, 2022