He attended the Arnold School in the Arnold community near Hobson. Louis was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Hobson and a member of the KJT. He married the love of his life, Dorothy Mary Malik, on Sept. 25, 1945, in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Hobson. They celebrated 59 anniversaries together and raised nine children. He was a devoted husband and father.
After Dorothy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he stood by her side and was her strength throughout her illness, taking care of her as she was confined to a wheelchair and later to a bed. He accepted this as God’s will, and lived each day with joy and contentment.
In his younger years, he picked a lot of cotton. In 1939, he traveled to Rowena, Texas, to pick cotton for several weeks. During this trip, he bought his violin and learned to play from his father. He and his father would play at house dances in the local community. He serenaded his beloved Dorothy with “Red River Valley” on many occasions and played at family gatherings until he was in his 80s.
Louis was a farmer all his life, but had to supplement the family income with outside jobs. He worked as a mechanic for many years at Riedel Trucking Co. in Karnes City and later as a maintenance mechanic for General Mills in Kenedy. He and Dorothy also owned and operated the Mobil service station in Karnes City during the 1950s. During the 1960s, he also did part-time TV and radio repair work from his home.
Louis is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; grandsons, Nicholas and Jeremy Hons; great-granddaughter, Neveah Jansky; and brothers, Alvin and Edward Hons.
He is survived by his daughters, Elaine (Al) Kolodziej of Floresville, Nancy (Kenneth) Walpole of George West, and Cathy Green of Hobson; sons, Allen (Dennise) Hons of Kenedy, David (Judith) Hons of Hobson, Kirby (Judy) Hons of Hobson, Mark (Stella) Hons of Hobson, Ralph Hons of Hobson, and Robert (Terry) Hons of Hobson; grandchildren, Robert Paul, Louis, Joseph, Brian, Shayne, Matthew, John, James, Shannon, Cheyenne, William, Robert, and Mark Anthony Hons, Karl and Keith Kolodziej, Kristen Weaver, Tammy Kroll, Sara Jansky, Kenneth Walpole Jr., Sheldon Walpole, Melissa Ramirez, and Colt, Jesse, and Amy Green; 41 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Friday, Aug. 8, at 5 p.m. with a Rosary service at 7 p.m., followed by a memorial service in the Rhodes Funeral Home in Karnes City.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. in the St. Cornelius Catholic Church in Karnes City.
Interment followed in the Hobson Cemetery in Hobson.
Serving as pallbearers were Karl Kolodziej, Robert Paul Hons, Louis S. Hons, Sheldon Walpole, Shayne Hons, Matthew Hons, John Hons, Jesse Green and William Hons.