Always smilin'
Red Tebeau
  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 28, 1924
  • Place of birth:
    Yale, Michigan, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 22, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Ft. Myers, Florida, United States
truly one-of-a-kind and will be missed by so many

Welcome to the memorial site for Louis (Red) Tebeau. His family encourages you to leave a tribute below and/or select the stories tab above, and help us remember and preserve the adventures of his life. A few words, a time shared, or whatever you wish to share. We thank you in advance for your contibutions.

A Better Place
The tears must fall, the heart must ache, the pain you have to face,
but know that I am doing fine, and in a better place.

You know that I have missed your mom, and brother's smiling face.
My mom and dad are also here, we're in a better place.

So mourn for me a little while, then put that in the past.
You know my life was very blessed, right up until the last.

Please know I'm watching over you, and miss you just as much,
though physically I am not there, your memories untouched.

Look to the sky and feel God's love, his warmth upon your face,
take comfort that we'll meet again, in a better place.

            —Mary Gaynett, In loving memory of her father

Ode to the Old Man
You grew up in a different world, through depression and war life’s flag unfurled.
Your world was more simple and also more free. Is it any wonder you were so different from me?
In your world men were silent and strong, always right and never wrong.
But “I’m sorry” are words you learned to say, and I’ll be grateful for that till my dying day.
And I came to know who the world didn’t see. I’ll always feel blessed that you shared “you” with me.
We shared our hopes and sometimes tears, regrets, and laughter, even fears.
And we talked of how each man stands on his own, and ultimately dies alone.
But its almost more than I can stand, that I wasn’t there, to hold your hand.
I’ll miss your calls and the way you cared, your jokes, the games, the laughs we shared.
Our love for you will never stop. Forever our father, but, finally, my Pop.
          —From Marsha with love, Pop     

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by marsha popkey on 28th August 2015

"Hey, pop. Cait and I were just laughing the other day about something you used to say..... How great that we can still laugh when we talk about you. Miss you on your birthday. Hope they can keep you out of trouble up there!"

This tribute was added by Mary Gaynett on 22nd September 2014

"Thinking of you dad, missing you still. It's hard to believe it's been three years. I still listen to old voicemails that I have from you, our weekly calls. Hope you can still hear me, and know I'm thinking of you. Love and miss you.  XXOOX"

This tribute was added by marsha popkey on 22nd September 2014

"Thinking of you today, Pop. Three years without your smile, your jokes. Miss the laughter. Love you."

This tribute was added by marsha popkey on 28th August 2014

"Happy birthday, Dad. Thinking of you today and always."

This tribute was added by marsha popkey on 23rd September 2013

"Pop. Two years without you. Miss you and think of you often. Know you are there laughing your butt off over our escapades. Hope you can stay out of trouble up there!"

This tribute was added by Rita Swett on 23rd September 2012

"Thank You Dad for watching over all of us and keeping us safe, You always have been an angel taking care of us! My daddy needs all the help you can give him on watching over just me :). We LOVE YOU & MISS YOU SO MUCH!! we are taking good care of your cowboy, i am sure you already new that."

This tribute was added by Betty Tebeau on 22nd September 2012

"We love and miss you very much Dad.....thinking of you always!"

This tribute was added by Mary Gaynett on 22nd September 2012

"Hey pop, One year today. I still think of you all the time, especially on Sundays at 10am.That was our time. Well sometimes it was a Friday, Saturday or an occasional Tuesday, I'm not sure that day clock helped much, but the bottom line is I never talked with you once that I didn't hang up the phone feeling that you loved me, like only a father can. I miss you pop, always will."

This tribute was added by marsha popkey on 22nd September 2012

"One year... It seems like yesterday and years ago. I'll always remember that morning as one of the hardest of my life. I miss your face and the jokes and laughter and wah, wah, wah..."

This tribute was added by Hunter Childers on 30th January 2012

"He will be forever missed gone away like the morning mist. The world has now become so dry as we are left to cry. Yet without his help we are all here to cry and yelp. Forever gone, Yet in our hearts to be remembered for all of his special arts laughing, joking, playing around. Left us here all alone.
            Forever missed: Louis "Red" Tebeau"

This tribute was added by Rita Swett on 30th January 2012

"If ever i needed someone to talk to Dad was there, He would take me in his arms and hug me while telling me it would be alright because it couldn't get worse, as laughing and getting me to laugh. He always made it alright! Love you Dad."

This tribute was added by marsha popkey on 28th November 2011

"He always made me laugh. He was funny even when he wasn't trying to be. He had so much history in his brain. I will miss him more than I ever imagined, but hope he is finally walking the streets of Heaven with no pain and evryone he loved. God keep him in his loving care."

This tribute was added by Hunter Childers on 28th November 2011

"I miss you so much grandpa you were and amaizing person you were truly one-of-a-kind every one is so depressed that you are gone we will always miss you and you will always be with us for-ever and beyond"

This tribute was added by Mary Gaynett on 18th November 2011

"Everyone who knew him - loved him. His sense of humor was unmatched. Nobody could tell a story like he did, and he had a lot of them to tell. He was a wonderful father. He lived a simple life, never asked for anything, but gave so much.  I was truly blessed to have him as my father. I will miss him terribly. He maybe gone but will never be forgotten. I love you pop - rest in peace."


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