Obituary of Louis Edwin Borgemenke
Louis E Borgemenke, 91, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022, at a long-term facility in Venice, Florida. Lou was born on May 20, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Leo Harry Borgemenke and Eleanora Haunsz Borgemenke.
Lou's greatest passion in life was horse racing. As a young man, his racing career began as a Jockey at River Downs. He cherished those memories throughout his life, sharing his experiences with all. His dad, the “Old Man”, was an Owner/Trainer at that time. Throughout the years, many Borgemenkes found employment at the race tracks in various positions, including Lou's son Kenny, as a Jockey, and his son Danny as a Valet.
After many years of working at the tracks, Lou retired as a Valet – a job that he enjoyed - taking care of his jockeys and talking with racing fans at the paddock.
After retirement, Lou and his wife Paulette moved to Venice, Florida to enjoy a relaxing life of sun, sea, and socialization. Beach time included fishing, searching for sharks' teeth, running around on scooters and listening to local musicians on the beach at sunset. Later years included spending time at the Senior Center, with ballroom dancing being a favorite activity. Lou and Paulette were constantly on the go, from attending local parades to eating at local food establishments.
Lou is survived by his wife of 36 years, Paulette Griffin Borgemenke; his brother William (Shirley), sisters Melva (Don deceased) and Patricia (Julius); children: Kathy (Steve), Kenny (Maureen), Pam (Jeff deceased), Gary (Jody) and Danny (Christie); step-children: Tonya (Stephanie), Anthony and Tray (deceased). Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Leo, “BeBe”.
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