Leo Gerard Abadie

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Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Chr
445 Marquette Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Leo Gerard Abadie passed away peacefully surrounded by family in prayer on April 16, 2018, at the age of 95. He was born on Evergreen Plantation to Ada and Amedee' Abadie, the seventh of thirteen children, and is preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and five sisters. This example of strong Catholic faith was instilled in Leo, which he so beautifully lived and taught to his family, Leo graduated from Leon Godchaux High School, in Reserve, Louisiana, where he competed and earned second place in the State Boxing Championship. Nine months before WW II began, Leo volunteered for the US Army Air Corps (Air Force). Upon graduation from Delgado for Airplane Mechanics, he was appointed to Aviation Cadet School in Santa Anna, California, then on to Kingman, Arizona, to help build the largest gunnery school in the US Military and to mechanically supervise the Hudson medium bombers and engines of the B-29 four-engine aircrafts. After his military service, Leo attended Louisiana State University on the GI Bill in Mechanical Engineering for four years, and afterward he pursued a career in sales. It was at this time that he married the love of his life, Lois Maurin Abadie, and they settled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he began a long and successful career with National Life Insurance Co., American General Life Insurance Company, and finally Leo G. Abadie Insurance Agency, representing numerous insurance companies. He loved his work and didn't fully retire until the age of 88. He shared his time, talent, and treasure as a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church for 65 years and as an usher for 25 years, also serving in The Knights of Columbus. His service throughout his life through his Christian, helpful spirit assisted numerous aunts, uncles, siblings, nieces and nephews, serving them as executors of estates, successions, accounting assistance, and in many other capacities. Leo always said ""Yes"" when asked for help. He is survived by Lois, his loving wife of 65 years; brother Gerard Abadie (Ferrel) of Reserve, and brother Amedee' (Maisie) of Laplace. Children in Baton Rouge: JoEllyn A. Gallmann (Bill), Leo G. Abadie Jr. (Bernie), Christopher D. Abadie (Jill), Carolyn A. Landry (Richard), and in Lincoln, Nebraska: daughter, Jean A. Dugas (Robert). Grandchildren: Angela Sellers, Heather Strittmatter, Rachelle McGraw (Nick), Amy Balelo (Andrew), Michael Abadie, Billy Gallmann (Minette), Rob Dugas, Kristie Dugas, (Mike) Richard Dugas, Ellen Farr (Alex), Lindsay Hayes (Matt), Kelly Abadie, Katherine Dugas, Lydia Kirkes (Taylor), Alex Landry, Elizabeth Landry, Daniel Grammer, Rachel Grammer, and William Grammer; in addition to 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Leo touched so many people in his life with his affirming and friendly ""blue skies"" spirit, always looking for the good in others. He allowed himself to dream and encouraged the same in all of us. We are thankful for how he led our family with faith and forgiveness, always with a positive spirit. We cherished the strong sacramental union of our parents. We will forever remember our camping adventures, his gumbos and barbecue, morning coffee, wine, vegetable garden, and ability to fix just about anything. Visitation will take place at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 445 Marquette Ave., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 12:30 P.M. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 P.M. Pallbearers will be his six grandsons, Michael G. Abadie, William H. Gallmann IV, MD, Robert W. Dugas Jr., Richard J. Dugas, Alexander T. Landry, and William M. Grammer. The mass will be officiated by family friend, the Reverend Mark Beard. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady of Mercy Traditions for Tomorrow or the . Our family wishes to thank Georgia Lathan and Rebecca Covington for their caregiving and love.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2018
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