Louis P. Bilinovich, 97, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Cape Coral, Florida. He was born July 21, 1916, in Akron, to the late Peter and Catherine (Wate) Bilinovich. Louis was one of the founders of the B & C Machine Company, a family owned and operated business, and he worked well into his 80s. He was a life long member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where he assisted with the current church building project. He was also a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church and the German American Club, both in Cape Coral, Florida. Louis served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during WW II, in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in the Burma Campaign, where he was a 1st Lieutenant, and graduated from OCS School. Louis was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medals.
Louis is survived by his wife, Ruth (Boone); children, Linda (Steve) Anderson of Florida, Leslie (June) Bilinovich of Clinton, Ohio, Dennis (Paula) Bilinovich of Clinton, Christina (Mike) Spicer of Charlotte, North Carolina, Michael (Barbara) Bilinovich of Medina, Gary Bilinovich of Chicago, Illinois, Susan (Mark) Codding of Medina, James (Rhonda) Bilinovich of Houston, Texas, Joseph (Patricia) Bilinovich of Medina, Kathleen (Steve) Lilly of Chicago, Illinois, and Timothy (Jennifer) Bilinovich of Medina; 22 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Harry Bilinovich of Cambridge, Ohio; sister, Ester Homani of Medina; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanette (Pierce) Bilinovich, to whom he was married 46 years; second wife, Shirley Taylor; and nine brothers and sisters.
Family will receive friends Sunday, March 30, 2014, from 2 until 6 P.M., at the Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 31, 2014, 11:30 A.M., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina. Father John Lee will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
Contributions may be made, in Louis’ memory, to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Online condolences may be left at www.waitefuneralhome.com