Pie Guy keeps mother’s legacy alive with sweet deliveries

(Bob Wellinski photo)

ROLLING PRAIRIE | He’s known as the “Pie Guy.”

   Nobody knows who his next “target” may be, many times not even Pie Guy himself. On Oct. 23, George Oudhuis delivered pie No. 661 to another unsuspecting person.

   “So many lives have been touched by a simple pie. It’s a simple thing to do. It’s a feel good thing that resonates beyond the recipient,” said Oudhuis. “The only thing I feel bad about is that I only give out one pie a week and there are so many deserving of a pie.”

   Oudhuis’s story begins back on Feb. 23, 2008. His mother, Eleanor, a lifelong pie maker, told him she was done making pies due to age and health issues. She also placed him in charge of picking up a pie (specifically blueberry, Eleanor’s favorite) for the company who was to visit. He contacted a quaint, well-known diner located in Rolling Prairie, in the far northeastern part of LaPorte County. He said “Only Jenny Rae’s could make a pie like mom. She makes a fantastic pie the old Polish way, with lard in it.”

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