Louis Olivera, Foundation Director, Passes Away

 Louis Olivera preparing to toll the Honor Bell on Memorial Day, 2018.

Louis Olivera preparing to toll the Honor Bell on Memorial Day, 2018.

The Honor Bell Foundation is deeply saddened to share the loss of our Founder, Executive Director, and dear friend, Louis Olivera, who passed away on July 12, 2018. Lou served admirably as a US Army Ranger. He was highly decorated and received two Purple Heart Medals for injuries sustained during a combat mission in Panama. 

In 2014, Lou had a vision to forge an instrument that would be used to honor veterans at their passing. In June of that year, he created the Honor Bell Foundation. Leading a small but passionate team, he oversaw the creation of the country’s first bell designed specifically for that purpose. The Honor Bell was cast in May of 2016 and dedicated on Memorial Day at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Since that time, Bell Honors have been rendered over 1000 times — the majority by Lou himself.

Lou’s service, kindness, generosity, and passion for supporting veterans touched many people and he will be incredibly missed. He leaves behind a loving wife and daughter, his nine siblings, countless friends, and fellow veterans. The mission of the Honor Bell will continue as his legacy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the foundation at www.honorbell.org. Cards or letters may be sent in care of Honor Bell Foundation, PO Box 1432, Englewood CO 80150.

Lou, you will be always in our hearts and in the sound of the bell. RLTW