Louis graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy. He enlisted in the United States Navy in October of 1962 and served until his honorable medical discharge in November of 1962. Following his discharge, he graduated with a Masters in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa. He worked for pharmacies in Iowa City, Webster City, and Bushnell, Ill., until settling in Storm Lake, where he owned and operated Medicap Pharmacy for 20 years. He spent the last 10 as a pharmacist for Lewis Drug in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Louis was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeye's and known for his sense of humor and fun loving personality. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, especially to Colorado, and spending time with his family. He followed Dakota State University sporting events, especially the women's basketball team. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., and an active member of the Foundation Board in Madison, S.D.
Louis passed away Thursday, September 13, at Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison, S.D., at the age of 73. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Louise, and foster parents, Norbert and Margaret Glash; one brother, Dave Gaffney; infant brother, Stephen Gaffney; and one sister-in-law, Mary Gaffney.
Left to cherish his memory are his 3 children, Dan (Laurie) Gaffney of Storm Lake, Deb (Todd) Gaffney Bonnes of Denver, Colo., and Dawn (Jeff) Dittman of Madison, S.D.; 4 grandchildren, Brooke, Madison and Austin Gaffney, all of Storm Lake, and Taylor Dittman of Madison, S.D.; one brother, Bill Gaffney of Kansas City, Mo.; one niece, Dr. Laura (Tim) Gaffney-Elliot Of Kansas City, Mo.; one great-niece, Ambica Elliot of Kansas City, Mo.; his ex- wife Marie Gaffney-Nelson of Denver, Colo.; and many friends.
Memorials may be made to the Lou Gaffney Endowed Scholarship at Dakota State University.