Louis Kardaras, 81, who lived in Washington and worked for the D.C. government for 32 years, died Sunday at the Veterans Hospital in Durham, N.C., following a stroke.

Mr. Kardaras moved to Washington in 1929 and went to work for the city as a truck driver. He was a compressor operator with the Department of Sanitation when he retired in 1961. While working for the city, Mr. Kardaras also drove a taxicab part-time for 18 years.

He was born in Belechi, in Northern Greece, and cam to the United States in 1911, on borrowed money. He was 14 years old. He then worked as a laborer for a railroad, as a comboy on a Wyoming cattle ranch, and on a wheat farm in Nebraska.

During World War I, while in Nebraska, he was drafted into the Army and subsequently sent to the East Coast. After the war, he settled in North Carolina and went into the restaurant business. His business failed and he moved to Washington, where he worked for the city.

He and his wife returned to North Carolina after his retirement in 1961.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Creed Kardaras, of the home in East Bend, N.C., a son, Robert Louis, of Springfield, Va., two daughters, Beulah Weller; of Crofton, Md., and Helen McGuigal, of Suitland; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.