John Batson Staples, Jr, a long time resident of Baton Rouge, LA died Sunday, November 24, 2013 after a long battle with illness. He was a kind and generous husband, father and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Adelia Jane Laycock; son John Bowman Staples and his wife Cindy, grandchild John Bowman "Bo" Staples, Jr. and his wife Mary Michael, grandchild Zachary Brian Staples; son Douglas Clark Staples and his wife Debbie, grandchild Rickey Buhler and his wife Jessica and two great-grandchilden, numerous nieces and nephews and their children. Preceded in death by parents John Batson Staples and Mary Cornelia Power Staples, brother Robert Samuel Staples, sister Mary Sue Lewis and son David Ross Staples. John B. Staples, Jr, was born September 1, 1924, in New Orleans. The family moved briefly to Ruston, LA, before returning to New Orleans where John graduated from Isidore Newman High School, and then enrolled at Louisiana State University where he received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. While at LSU he became a member and President of his beloved Gamma Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and later served in several national positions with Kappa Sigma, including Worthy Grand Scribe. John was an ROTC Cadet at LSU and was commissioned into the US Army as a First Lieutenant in the First Artillery Division where he served with honor in World War II and the Korean War. In 2006, he was inducted into LSU's Hall of Honor for Distinguished Military Alumni. He was a LIFE Member of Cadets of the Ole War Skule and, and served them as treasurer and also as a Board Member until his death. He was team manager of the LSU football team and a member of the LSU National "L" Club. John was retired from the Borden Dairy Company after 38 years where he served in various management positions primarily in the ice cream division. He was recognized as a leader in his industry, and worked with the LSU School of Dairy Science to establish and endow two scholarship funds in the names of Charles H. "Doc" Staples and George H. Reymond. He was inducted into the Alpha Nu Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society for his meritorious service during his entire life to LSU, to his city and to his country. John was a member and Club President of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge with 40 years of service where he was recognized as a multiple Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. John was a member of First United Methodist Church and a Master Member for 64 years with St. James Masonic Lodge #47 F & A M in Baton Rouge. Visitation will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government Street in Baton Rouge Tuesday November 26, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Masonic Services will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM by St. James Masonic Lodge #47 F & A M . Visitation will resume at Rabenhorst at 10:00 AM Wednesday November 27, and a funeral service will be held Wednesday at 12:00 Noon. Rev. Tom Bergeron Sr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Baton Rouge under the directions of Rabenhorst Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be his three grandchildren and lifelong friends Art Choppin, Jr, Dr. Randy Gurie, and Thomas H. Watts. Honorary pallbearers will be David Broussard, Ray Cardozier, Oley Cross, Clarence Gilmore, John Laborde, Jack Langsfield, Bill Lyon, Carroll S, Mayer, Jr, Walter Thomas, and John Treen. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Charles H. "Doc" Staples Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o The LSU Foundation, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, BR, LA 70808.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27, 2013