Raymond Joseph Labat Sr. (affectionately known as “Pap”), Luling passed away on Dec. 25, 2018 at the age of 92.
Born Feb. 6, 1927 in New Orleans to Ubert Labat Sr. and Yvonne Champagne.
He is preceded in death by his sisters: Eulah Gregory, Yvonne Dunaway and brothers Ubert and Newton Labat. He is survived by his sister Linda Labat Ball and Alvin Labat.
He spent his childhood and teenage years in Laplace and New Orleans.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Elva Keating Labat, whom he married in New Orleans; daughter, Gay Ann Talbot (husband Archie) and son Raymond Joseph Labat Jr. (Regina); three loving grandchildren: William Guyton Hornsby III, Raymond Joseph Labat III and Rene’ Christopher Labat, and four great grandchildren: Delilah Athena Hornsby, Julianne Rae Labat, Katherine Renee’ Labat, and Wyatt Joseph Labat.
Raymond served his country in the United States Army in both WW ll and the Korean War. In the Korean War, he served, as a squad leader, in combat on the front lines of Heartbreak Ridge and earned the conveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge. In his home town of Luling, he was a member of the West St. Charles VFW Post 3750.
After retiring from the military, he worked for Lykes Brothers Steamship Co., American Oil and lastly Chrysler Corp. At Chrysler Corp. he was a member of the local UAW. Pap was beloved by everyone in his surrounding neighborhood (Metairie and Luling) over the last 60-plus years by people and pets alike.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 155 Holy Family Lane, Luling. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until Mass time.
Jacob Schoen & Son in charge of arrangements. Interment will follow in Lake Lawn Park and Mausoleum. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com