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Jack Touchstone

Jack Touchstone, age 88, of Shreveport, Louisiana, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. A funeral mass will be held Saturday, May 17th, at 11:30 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 522 Flournoy-Lucas Road. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Friday, May 16th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Osborn Funeral Home.

Jack was born in Midlothian, Texas on December 9, 1925, to Oran and Thelma Touchstone. Raised by his uncle and mother, he graduated from Midlothian High School at the age of 16 and went to work as a stock boy in Dallas for Edison Brothers Shoe Company to support his mother.

He served in the United States Army from July 1944 until June of 1946. He was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, serving as demolition specialist in the European Theater. Upon his discharge he resumed his career with Edison Brothers in Dallas.

In August of 1946, he met Kathryn Stearns at a carnival in Fort Worth and in October of that year they were married. Four years later his job brought them to Shreveport where they raised their family together.

Jack was an avid tennis player and longtime member of Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club. He was an early member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. One of his favorite times was making an annual retreat at Manresa House of Retreats, which he did for 28 years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved life and was always happy in his world, even when that world wasn't great.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 66 years, Kaye; his son-in-law, Charles Rouse; and his infant great granddaughter, Sarah Clair Touchstone.

He is survived by his son, Jack R. Touchstone and wife, Donna; daughter, Suanne Rouse; grandchildren, James and Allison Brooks, Chris and Ashley Brooks, Katy Touchstone, Trey and Rachel Touchstone, Amber and Rahul Gupta, Alexa Carr, and Owen Carr; and 6 great grandchildren.

Honoring him as pallbearers will be James Brooks, Chris Brooks, Gordy Brooks, Trey Touchstone, Tony Papa, Bill O'Brien, Alan DeLoach, Tony Calantone & Charles Salley. Honorary pallbearers will be the Shreveport Men of Manresa.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Richard Sipes and Amedisys Hospice for their love and care for us and our dad in the last days. We are also thankful for Jeff Crane and the staff of Resource Louisiana, especially Brenda Ellis, Gerald Johnson, & Terry Sajjad who became part of our family these last few years.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Sarah Claire Touchstone Memorial - NICU Department; LSU Health Shreveport Foundation; 920 Pierremont Road, Suite 407; Shreveport, LA 71106; 318-861-0855 or the .

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Published in Shreveport Times from May 15 to May 17, 2014
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