Louis William "Louie" Guinett
1929 - 2021
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July 7, 1929 ˜ March 21, 2021

We are saddened to announce the passing of our father Louie Guinett. While he has put down his earthly stone hammer and trowel, we have no doubt that his Lord and Savior will have gained a highly skilled stone mason whose “artistry in stone” will be reflected in heavenly arches and pathways. Louie built many enduring works of art in stone, but his greatest legacy is his family, whom he loved deeply, provided for selflessly, and protected unwaveringly, despite many challenges. Predeceased by his first wife Elsa (1933-2013); and his second wife, Evie (1929-2018); he leaves behind his children, Renae Kuhn (Bob), Tracy Guinett (Cindy), and Debi Paull (Gregg); as well as nine grandchildren, Jesse, Katie, Jordan, Steven, Brittany, Adam, Michael, Jocelyn, and Nicholas; and seven great-grandchildren, Taylor, Hailey, Barrett, Patrick, Grace, Haven, and Greyson.
Born in Bridgeport, CT, he faced many hardships and challenges in his childhood as his family moved often before settling in Vancouver, WA. In 1950, shortly after they married, he and Elsa started their own business, Louis Guinett Masonry. Louie, the master craftsman, ‘pounded stone’ alongside his men, maintaining a pace no one could match, while never compromising the artistic design. He consistently worked six days a week or more, often sacrificing his evenings to do the office work required to plan for jobs ahead. He, with the help of his wife, Elsa, built the business into an unrivaled, nationally recognized success story. In 1981, Louis was chosen by architects, builders, and masons to receive the nationally recognized Gilsman Award for “outstanding craftsman and outstanding masonry contractor of the Pacific Northwest.” In 1993 they proudly transferred the business to their daughter, Debi, and her husband, Gregg Paull, whom Louie had mentored for over ten years.
In retirement, his skillful artistry could also be seen in the beautiful bowls and other creative pieces that he spent many hours “turning” out of rough rounds of wood. Most of these works of art he gave away to family and friends as lasting tributes to his skill, generosity, and love.
Louie, while a good listener to the stories told by others, loved to spend time with people. The hallmark of his acceptance was his handshake; where you quickly realized he was used to holding a large rock in one leathery hand and pounding it into shape with a stone hammer in the other. The firm grip made you wince.
The final chapter of his life spent at Van Mall Retirement Center was, perhaps, the most challenging due to the isolation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the frustration resulting from his inability to form words and carry on normal conversations with his family and others due to a recent mini-stroke.
Although Louie was not one to wear his faith on his sleeve, there is no doubt that he was confident in the reality of his destiny with his Lord. He anticipated his place in Heaven in which he would be free from life’s pain, disappointments, and regrets.
Due to COVID restrictions, a celebration of life will not be held at this time.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 13, 2021
Louie, you were a man above all men in my life. Indeed I praise God for your example to me. I could clearly see our Lord’s hand in fashioning you in His image. Thank you for touching my life.
Jim Rieckman
April 9, 2021
I new Mr. Guineas as a member in our Hearing Center. It was always such a pleasure to help him. He was such a kind soul
April 8, 2021
Herm and I have such great memories of time spent with Louie and Elsa. When we were quite young we all attended the same church together and became close friends. We went to dinner together often and had so much fun and great tmes together along with Cecil and Evie Poff and John and Donna Baxter who have all gone to be with the Lord now. Herm then went to work for Louie in his masonry business and worked for him for several years.

We visited with Louie shortly before Covid shut down the retirement facility where he was living and were not able to get back there to see him again but he will always have a special place in our hearts and we look forward to seeing him again someday in heaven along with our other dear family members and friends. Thanks for the memories Louie!!!
Judy and Herman Chipman
April 6, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
April 6, 2021
I remember Louie as the gentleman who taught us maintenance guys how to fix the old church chairs. We'd be setting them up and a back or seat would come away from the frame; we'd slide it to the side for Louie, and he'd come out with his toolbox. When he retired, he kindly gave us his leftover tools and pieces to continue on the work. But I remember that grip, too.
April 4, 2021
I did not know Louie well. But I know his children and many of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. You can tell a lot about a person by those they leave behind. Louie’s good heart and generosity live on in all of them. His infectious smile, and care of others come out in each one of them. He will live on through his family, and his legacy will not only be written in stone, but on the hearts of his loved ones. I am thankful for my friends that he helped mold and shape. And I am confident I will see his artistry in heaven, too.
Steve Fortenberry
April 4, 2021
Louis was a great guy. We met him many years ago, when he was living in the brick house; which was the site of his masonry business. We had fun trying to figure out how to run wires in his house. It had been remodeled and there was one roof on top of another. We kept working for him, from time to time, and enjoyed visiting with him and his first wife, Elsa. We visited them at the beach house, in Long Beach area. He was so funny! He kept saying: "All I do is work at the beach house, which was supposed to be fun." He finally sold it. In the last few years, I would run into him at Wendy's, by Home Depot. Hadn't seen him in a while as not going out too much, as inside dining closed. Andy, Marla and I will miss him. John Polos

John Polos
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