James Ralph LaGrosse, 68, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Fort Walton Beach Hospital surrounded by loved ones. He was born on Sept. 12, 1944, in Crestview, Fla., to Nicholas LaGrosse and Bessie Sowell. Buddy grew up in Destin, Fla. He attended Choctaw High School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., until he joined the Navy. He joined the Navy in 1964 and served in Vietnam - retired in 1987, as a highly decorated veteran. He was employed by Civil Service on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and retired in 2004. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas LaGrosse and Bessie Allen. Buddy is survived by his three sons, Darrin (Andria), Joey, and Jon (Erin) LaGrosse; sisters, Nikki Adams and Ann (Jess) Clark; his grandchildren, Logan, Haileigh, Katelyn, Brooke and Blake; with many nieces and nephews.
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A visitation will be held at McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave. S.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Graveside ceremony will follow at Marler Memorial Cemetery, 427 Calhoun Ave., Destin, FL. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on May 4, 2013