Arlen Greathouse

January 15, 1932 ~ July 16, 2010

Arlen Lyle Greathouse, 78, of Lake Charles, LA died at 7:30 PM on Friday, July 16, 2010 in a local hospital.

Mr. Greathouse was born January 15, 1932 in Lake Charles, LA, where he lived most of his life. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force at the end of the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of LaGrange Senior High School and a graduate of McNeese State University with his degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked at PPG for forty-two years, spending over twenty years in the Environmental Department. Mr. Greathouse was a member of Sale Street Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and gardening, especially tending to his daylilies.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Elouise D. Greathouse; daughters, Dawn Watson and husband James of Lake Charles, Tamara Greathouse of Newark, DE, and Caprice Miller and husband Chuck of Sykesville, MD; son, Eric Greathouse and wife Dana of Sugarland, TX; sister, Sarah Brasher; brother, Carroll Greathouse and wife Judy, all of Lake Charles; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Mr. Greathouse was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Bessie Greathouse; sister, Betty Young; and brothers, George and Lawrence Greathouse.

His funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverends Steve James and Shawn Simmons will officiate. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and continue on Wednesday from 8:00 AM until the start of the service.

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  1. Arlen was my Father-In-Law for 15yrs. He was a true Christian as he loved me no matter how badly I used to behave when I was under his roof. I have a warm place in my heart for BOTH Arlen Elouise. I know that I'll see him in Heaven someday.

  2. Eloise and Dawn,I am out of town and unable to attend. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you today. God bless you and your family.Fern and H. G.

  3. Elouise and family, I am so sorry to hear about the death of Arlen. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Love, Shirley Beaver

  4. For those who have asked, donations in memory of my father can be made to Sale Street Baptist Church building fund or the Gideons. Thank you for all your kind words.

  5. I am an environmental attorney with PPG. I worked with Arlen over the years on many environmental issues at the Lake Charles plant. He was quite a character, but more importantly, very knowledgable about environmental requirements and always a pleasure to work with. You have my deepest sympathy on his passing. Joe Karas

  6. I loved Uncle Arlen. He was such an interesting person. He always had a story to tell and a laugh to share. My dad thought a lot of his little brother and was so proud of him in all of his accomplishments through going to college and in his work at PPG. What a servant for the Lord he was, too. Tirelessly serving his family and his church and he seemed to love every minute. We will miss him, but know that he and my dad are having a great conversation (and a laugh or two) in heaven right now.

  7. Mr. Arlen will always have a special place in my hear because he worked with Dad friends to paint inside my house 10 yrs. ago and he was always such a hard working man. We don't have as many guys like them in our generation! Mr. G. was such a good honest Christian man who set a wonderful example to us all! Hugs and love to the family! He will be greatly missed, but heaven has a very special new member. I can see him, Mr. Ted Penny, and Mrs. Rosemary Nevils catching up on recent events together!

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