Louis Gaffney

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Louis Gaffney

Services for Mr. Louis Gaffney, 73, of Madison, S.D., were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Rolf Svanoe officiated the service.

Burial took place at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven.

Mr. Gaffney passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison.

Louis Paul Gaffney, the son of Paul and Louise Behrens Gaffney, was born June 5, 1939, in Peoria, Ill. His childhood years were spent in the Lincoln and Peoria, Ill., area where he attended school and graduated from Spalding High School in Peoria. He also spent some time in the Guardian Angel Orphanage in Lincoln, Ill.

Louis graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy. He enlisted in the United States Navy in October of 1962 and served until his honorable medical discharge in November of 1962. Following his discharge, he graduated with a Master's in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa. He worked for pharmacies in Iowa City, Webster City, and Bushnell, Ill., until settling in Storm Lake, where he owned and operated Medicap Pharmacy for 20 years. He spent the last 10 as a pharmacist for Lewis Drug in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Louis was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and known for his sense of humor and fun-loving personality. He enjoyed golfing, traveling (especially to Colorado) and spending time with his family. He followed Dakota State University sporting events, especially the women's basketball team. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., and an active member of the Foundation Board in Madison, S.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Louise; foster parents, Norbert and Margaret Glash; one brother, Dave Gaffney; infant brother, Stephen Gaffney; and one sister-in-law, Mary Gaffney.

Left to cherish his memory are his three children: Dan (Laurie) Gaffney of Storm Lake, Deb (Todd) Gaffney Bonnes of Denver, Colo., and Dawn (Jeff) Dittman of Madison, S.D.; four grandchildren: Brooke, Madison and Austin Gaffney -- all of Storm Lake, and Taylor Dittman of Madison, S.D.; one brother, Bill Gaffney of Kansas City, Mo.; one niece, Dr. Laura (Tim) Gaffney-Elliot Of Kansas City, Mo.; one great-niece, Ambica Elliot of Kansas City, Mo.; his ex- wife Marie Gaffney-Nelson of Denver, Colo.; and many friends.

Memorials may be made to the Lou Gaffney Endowed Scholarship at Dakota State University.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.