News From Terre Haute, Indiana


October 10, 2013

Louis F. Wailly

TERRE HAUTE — Louis F. Wailly, Ph.D., 84, of Terre Haute, Ind., died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Regional Hospital.

He was born to Louis A. and Dorothy Sneider Wailly on July 11, 1929, in Terre Haute. Louis graduated from Garfield High School in 1947 and received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics/chemistry/physics from Indiana State University. His advanced degrees included a master of science in chemistry/physics from Indiana State University, a master of science in radiological diagnostics from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in radiology and nuclear/medical applications from Colorado State University.

He married Barbara Olivero in 1952 and relocated to several states while serving in the USAF/NASA and later as a medical consultant.

Louis started his career as a chemist for Campbell’s Soup, and after completing college became a math and science teacher in the Terre Haute school system. He served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force/NASA (with 26 years of military service) and worked in several areas of expertise related to radiation and its effects on the body and equipment. While teaching at the Air Force Academy he was the director of research for the life and behavioral sciences department. As a medical consultant, Louis specialized in the setup, finance and business operations of radiation oncology clinics in addition to consulting on patient treatments. He was associated with and served on several national committees, including the Office of Scientific Research, Bureau or Rad Health (FDA), NASA, EPA and the Atomic Energy Commission (now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission).

Louis was a private pilot earlier in life and was enthusiastic about aviation and the space program. He was an avid outdoorsman and took every opportunity to hunt and fish with family and friends. He enjoyed traveling to pursue these passions and visit loved ones. Louis was proud of his daughters and grandchildren. He enjoyed sharing in the younger generations’ activities and accomplishments. He never lost his enthusiasm for the advancements in science and technology. In his last days, while doing Facetime on a cellphone with his grandchildren, he marveled at the changes he had seen and took part in during his lifetime.

He is survived by his wife and four daughters, Cheryl (John) Hayes, Karen Wailly, Janice (Mark) Webster and Michelle (Matt) Misterka. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Frances (Jerry) Eder and Mary Wailly; brothers Larry Rice and Ronald Wailly; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Wailly; his parents; and sisters Lue Amy Mann, Eloise Girton and Dorothy Stevenson.

There will be a private memorial taking place for the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of DeBaun Funeral Homes & Crematory.

Online condolences may be left at:


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Borders, kenneth .jpg J. Kenneth Borders

    J. Kenneth Borders, 92, of Terre Haute passed away Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014 in his residence.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dodson, billy joe .jpg Billy Joe Dodson

    Billy Joe Dodson, 89, of Terre Haute died at 11:40 a.m. Saturday (April 19, 2014) at home.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harper, miranda .jpg Miranda Dawn Harper

    Miranda Dawn Harper, 22, of Terre Haute went to heaven on April 15, 2014.  She was born February 21, 1992 to Curt and Dawn Harper.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnson, Minnie.jpg Minnie ‘Ann’ Johnson

    Minnie “Ann” Johnson, 97, of Mishawaka, and formerly of Terre Haute, passed away Friday evening, April 11, 2014, in Ironwood Health & Rehabilitation Center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rita J. Leusing

    Rita J. Leusing, 88, of Terre Haute passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Southwood Health & Rehabilitation Center.

    April 19, 2014

  • Woelfle, Anne.jpg Anne E. Woelfle

    Anne E. Woelfle, 34, of Terre Haute passed away Wednesday evening, April 16, 2014 in St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Savio, wilma .jpg Wilma Mae Savio

    Wilma Mae Savio, 88, of Clinton, died at 4 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Union Hospital, in Terre Haute.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Death Notices

    Gary L. Conrad II
    Pamela V. (Pam) Sullivan

    April 19, 2014

  • King,-Helen.jpg Helen Mae King

    Helen Mae King, 92, of Wheaton, Ill., formerly of Terre Haute, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nickless,-Mary.jpg Mary Martha Nickless

    Mary Martha Nickless, 85, of Terre Haute, passed away on April 17, 2014, at her home.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

Latest News Poll
Front page
AP Video
Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Human Antidepressants Making Shrimp Too Calm Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane for Global Flight
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010

Real Estate News