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J. Leo McGough, Sr.

James Leo McGough, Sr., 91, of Lake Charles, passed away peacefully at 2:11 PM on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in a local hospital.

Mr. McGough was born January 7, 1923 in New Orleans, and raised in Alexandria. He was a 1943 graduate of Bolton High School and served his country in the U.S. Army - Air Corp from 1943 to 1946, serving in the Pacific Theatre. He "grew up" in Vinton and moved to the Lake Charles area in 1964, where he and Mrs. Mary raised their family. He graduated from the LSU School of Banking and worked for Calcasieu Marine National Bank for over forty years, where he retired in 1988 as President. Mr. McGough was a past president of the Vinton Lions Club, the Pioneer Club, the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce and was a Mason. He was also a member of the Young Men's Business Club, Kiwanis Club, and served as treasurer of the Louisiana Bankers' Association. He was also a past president and member of the Nation Board of Directors of the Texas-Louisiana National Association of Bank Auditors and Comptrollers and a past president of the Southeast Region of the United States for the Business Administration Institute. He formally served on the St. Patrick Hospital's Board of Directors and was presently serving on the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Service District Board. He was a past member of the Krewe de La Famille. Mr. McGough was a member of Oak Park United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer and was a founding member of the Oak Park Cabana Club. He was also a member of First United Methodist Church. Mr. McGough loved walking; he could often be seen walking throughout Oak Park. May his legacy continue to live in the hearts and lives of so many that he touched… and no, he never lit the cigar.

Mr. McGough is survived by his son, Jim McGough of Lake Charles; two daughters, Pam McGough of Lake Charles and Cindy O'Rourke and husband Michael of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Zane Long and wife Elizabeth, Mallory McGough, James Ian "Jase" McGough, Michael Colin O'Rourke, Mary Katherine O'Rourke, and Margaret Anne O'Rourke; great-grandchildren, Miranda and Conner Long and Breanna Bourque; nephews, Shawn Camara and family, David Self and family, Don Faucett and family, James J McGough, Eugene "Gene" McGough and Steven McGough; nieces, Diane Hotvedt and family, Judy Camara and family, Jackie McGough and Julie Brendmoen; and special family friends, Betty Emerson and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-eight years, Mrs. Mary Faucett McGough; daughter, Vickie McGough Long; parents, James Doty and Mary Kate Ford McGough; and brother, Alfred Eugene McGough.

His memorial service will be on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church Worship Center in Lake Charles, LA at 2:00 PM under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Reverends Steven Caraway and Craig Davis will officiate. A gathering of family members and friends will be at the church on Saturday from 1:00 PM until the start of the service.

The family would like to express a special word of thanks to Dr. Ron Lewis, Barbara Laughlin, Brenda Ardoin, George Cestia and Home Instead for their care and compassion given to their father. They would also like to thank his wonderful neighbors Ken and Brenda Schexnider, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Harris for being his guardian angels. Also, the Pioneer Club Staff and his Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday Lunch Crews for their support and friendship.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the , 630 West Prien Lake Road, Suite 107, Lake Charles, LA 70601 and the McNeese Foundation's Sam Emerson Music Scholarship, Box 91989, Lake Charles, La. 70609.

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Published in The Town Talk on Jan. 30, 2014
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