The Obit For J.B. Richard

John B. "J.B." Richard
(1920 - 2010)

Published in the The Advertiser on December 21, 2010

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Scott for John B. "J.B." Richard, 90, who passed away peacefully on Monday, December 20, 2010 at Regional Medical Center of Acadiana surrounded by his family.

Entombment will be in Sts. Peter & Paul Mausoleum.

Reverend Thomas Voorhies, Pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, will be the Celebrant of the Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Lectors will be Robert Richard and Zachary Richard. Giftbearers will be his granddaughters, Kim Roy, Shelly Emanis, Cassie Blair, Tara Kennedy, Jill Boudreaux and Amy Claire Boudreaux. Naomi Broussard, organist and soloist, will sing for the services, "I Can Only Imagine", "Amazing Grace", "I Have Loved You", "On Eagles' Wings", and "The Old Rugged Cross". Donald Richard will give the Eulogy.

Survivors include four sons, John Richard and his wife Dolores of Scott, Thomas Richard and his wife Brenda of Scott, Donald E. Richard and his wife Karla of Scott and Byron Richard and partner Tim Streff of Houston, TX; three daughters, Elizabeth Anne Credeur and her husband Allen of Scott, Helen Kennedy and her husband Larry of Scott and Camille Ruth Boudreaux and her husband Shane of Carencro; fifteen grandchildren, David Richard, Jan-Scott Richard, Jared Richard, Benjamin Richard, Kim Roy, Kevin Credeur, Kory Credeur, Shelly Emanis, Cassie Blair, Kyle Kennedy, Tara Kennedy, Logan Richard, Grant Maxwell, Jill Boudreaux and Amy Claire Boudreaux; and eighteen great grandchildren, Jake Richard, Aidan Scott Richard, Addison Scott Richard, Jacob Judice, Emily Emanis, Meghan Emanis, Will Emanis, Grace Blair, Jack Blair, Chris Roy, Nick Roy, Alex Credeur, Kaylee Credeur, Kollin Credeur, Kolby Broussard, Cameron Kennedy, Avery Kennedy and Peyton Boudreaux.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years Cecile Ruth Begnaud Richard; his parents, Feregus and Sarah Sonnier Richard; three brothers, Valex, Zachary and Eddie; and three sisters, Maria, Martha and Nola.

John B. (J.B.) Richard was born on January 10, 1920 in Scott, La and resided in Scott all his life. He and his wife, Ruth, raised their 7 children with love and respect. J. B. served in the U. S. Air Force, earning rank of Master Sergeant, serving both state-side and in the Philippines from 1940 to 1946. He also played semi-pro baseball, as a pitcher, in the Evangeline League from 1947 to 1955, earning him the name of "Iron Man."

Between 1955 and 1959, he was a deputy for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's and a rural USPS mail carrier. He earned the position of Post master in Scott from 1959 to 1979 and retired from his government service in 1979.

J.B. stayed involved in civic organizations: Knights of Columbus 1286 Lafayette - being Grand Knight for a few years; Woodmen of the World Camp 455 in Scott - being State President for 2 years; lector for Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church; King Ares XI in 1999 for the Krewe of Olympus of Scott and a member and elected officer for NARFE.

J. B. loved the farm raising pigs and cows on his property in Scott taking care of his animals until his death. He also was head man of the "Jambalaya Crew" who cooked for all ULL home football games at the Alumni tent for 15 years, including this past season.

He loved playing card games, gaming at the casino and dominoes, and loved the company of his kids and grandkids.

Pallbearers will be David Richard, Jan Richard, Ben Richard, Jared Richard, Kevin Credeur, Kory Credeur and Kyle Kennedy. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Roy, Grant Maxwell, Kolby Broussard, Nick Roy, Alex Credeur, Will Emanis, Jack Blair, Aidan-Scott Richard, Jacob Judice, Jake Richard, Cameron Kennedy and Kollin Credeur.

A Rosary will be recited by Sam Kennedy on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM in Martin & Castille's SCOTT Location.

The family requests that visitation be observed on Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and will continue on Wednesday from 8:00 AM until time of services.

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Martin & Castille - SCOTT, 802 Alfred Street, Scott, LA. 70583. 337-234-2320