WORCESTER - Richard Joseph LaCombe Jr., 62, originally of Opelousas, La., took our Lord's hand and walked along his side on June 3, 2012, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
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He was born Dec. 29, 1949, in Cotton Port, La., to Richard J. LaCombe Sr. and Isabelle M. Bordelon LaCombe. He was raised in the best of southern ways in Opelousas, where he is survived by his younger sister, Elizabeth LaCombe Meche, her husband, Bret, and their six beautiful children, Chris, Emily, Aaron, Kellie, Laura and Alyssa.
He worked for Prompt Succor Nursing Home, Senior Village Nursing Home, and his last accomplishment working for Wal-Mart of Opelousas for 11 years, all in the janitorial field, receiving a certificate for the time he dedicated to them over the years. During this time, he married his wife, Judy Ardoin, of 18 years, currently of Lake Charles, La. They were blessed with two loving sons, Richard J. LaCombe III, 27, of Worcester, and David P. LaCombe, 26, of Lawtell, La.
In his spare time, he was active in the Knights of Columbus Council 3409 where he achieved fourth degree knight, and was also quite involved in the church he was raised in, Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, where he was an usher.
After his separation from his wife he resided in Opelousas, retiring from Wal-Mart due to decreasing health and came to live with his elder son, Richard, his wife, Jessie, and their two children in Vermont, spending the rest of his days experiencing the wonders of the Green Mountain State with his two grandchildren, Lillian Ilene LaCombe and Jackson Wayne LaCombe, whom he loved dearly.
He is predeceased by his respected and missed parents.
A memorial will be held June 26, 2012, at the Bible Baptist Church on 68 Vine St. in Barre beginning at 6:30 p.m.
"In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing." - Robert Ingersoll
Published in Times Argus on June 22, 2012