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Louis Henry "Lou" Kretlow

The funeral service for Louis 'Lou' Henry Kretlow of Enid will be held Monday, September 17, 2007 at 1:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, Enid, OK. Rev. Pat Hoerth will officiate. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. Lou was born in Apache, OK, June 27, 1921, to Col Sidney P. and Bertha (Beall) Kretlow and died September 12, 2007 in Enid, OK. He left the University of Oklahoma in 1942 and spent the next three years in military service. In 1945 he played for the Enid Enidairs semi-pro team and won the outstanding pitcher trophy at the National Baseball Congress tournament in Wichita, Kansas. Kretlow tossed a no-hitter in the 1945 NBC classic in which his team won the national championship. Kretlow received a $35,000 bonus to sign with the Tigers in early 1946. After spending a season and a half in the minors, he played 10 major league seasons for the Detroit Tigers in 1946, 1948-1949; St. Louis Browns, 1950 and 1953; Chicago White Sox from 1950-1953; Baltimore Orioles from 1954 - 1955; and the Kansas City Athletics in 1956. After his retirement, Kretlow became a golf pro in Oklahoma and owned an oil company in Enid. He is survived by his wife, June of the home; daughters Diana Lou Krout of Tulsa, OK, Jonetta Coleen Hanson of Santa Ynez, CA, and Karen Sue Harris of Miami, OK; 8 grandchildren and three great -grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, and grandson, Kyle Krout. Memorials may be made to the Lou Kretlow Endowment Fund to sponsor programs for girls and boys, 18 and under, to participate in organized golf and baseball programs. This also includes the Enid American Legion Baseball Program. Please send contributions to Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home, P O Box 3501, Enid, OK 73702. Condolences may be emailed to the family at: ladusauevans @suddenlinkmail.com
Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 16, 2007
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