Paper and party industry stalwart Lionel Eltis dies at age 100

Paper industry stalwart and longtime party storeowner Lionel W. Eltis has died at the age of 100.

Eltis was the founder and, up until his death on June 3, sole owner of Paper Shack and Party Store in Bossier City, Louisiana, which he opened at age 65 as a second career. Eltis remained active in helping run Paper Shack and Party Store until his death.

From 1934 to 1983, he worked for CMI (formerly Louisiana Paper Co.), eventually rising to become Chairman of the Board in 1978.

Eltis was born in Shreveport in 1917 and graduated from Byrd High School. Like many, Eltis enlisted in the armed forces the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army in Italy and North Africa during World War II.

A memorial service is scheduled for June 6. Visit for the full obituary.

Paper Shack and Party Store is a member of Party Club of America. 

Originally posted Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2018

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