John Wilbon Paddy
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03/20/25 - 02/09/13
John Wilbon Paddy of Las Vegas Nevada went to Heaven on Saturday February 9, 2013 from complications of pneumonia and C.O.P.D.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, Henry Paddy and Azelie (Kerry) Paddy.
He grew up in the Gorum, Derry, and Cloutierville, Louisiana areas and was a native French speaker. He was reared with his sisters Gladys (Deceased), Evelyn (Pat) (Deceased), Audrey, Mardrie and his brother Matthew (Deceased). His mother passed giving birth to another sister, Mary Grace (Deceased). His brother, Guvie Leon, passed as an infant. His father remarried Geneva (Craig) Paddy (Deceased). He was then blessed with sisters Pam and Linda (Deceased) and brother George. He attended St. Mary's Catholic school in Cloutierville.
He enlisted in the United States Army in January 1942 at age 16. In January 1945 while in combat near Bitche, France, with the 86th Division (Texas "T" Patchers), 142nd Infantry, he was listed as being Missing In Action/Prisoner of War. In June 1945, he was "Liberated" by Allied Forces from a P.O.W. camp near Mooseberg, Germany. Malnourished, he weighed 97 pounds. He was a decorated Combat Veteran and received a Purple Heart.
In June 1959, he married Charlotte (Jones) Paddy (Deceased) in Memphis, Tennessee. He became stepdad to Kathy, Louis (Deceased) and Jeffrey (Deceased) Frietag. To the marriage was born Jonnette T. Paddy (Deceased) and John H. Paddy. He retired to Albuquerque New Mexico from the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency in 1984 after a 30 year career.
He is survived by his son John and daughter-in-law Dena Paddy, as well as his Grandchildren Joseph, Joanna and Jonnette, all of Las Vegas, Nevada. By Stepdaughter Kathy Beck of Virginia Beach, Virginia. By his sisters Audrey of Ball, Louisiana, Mardrie of New Orleans, Pam Bakken and husband David of Chicago Illinois. By his brother George H Paddy and wife Laura of Sugarland, Texas. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He loved planting his gardens and grew various fruits and vegetables over the years. He was good with his hands and liked to build and make things. His Turquoise Rosaries were Beautiful. He enjoyed his trips back to Louisiana to visit family. He was very generous to others, and loved conversations. His Vigorous Spirit and our Love for him will continue.
Thank you Dad. You will be dearly missed, cherished and remembered.
Cremation has occurred in Las Vegas Nevada. A Funeral Mass and Memorial Service is scheduled for June 7, 2013 at 5pm at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church Cloutierville, LA. Interment will follow at Gorum Cemetery.
Online notes of condolences may be sent to the family at www.thetowntalk.com under obituaries and select guest book.
Published in The Town Talk on Feb. 14, 2013