It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our patriarch, Joseph William "Billy" Carmena Jr. Billy took his heavenly flight on May 19, 2021, at the age of 92 surrounded by the love of his family. On January 5, 1929, he was born to the late Joseph William Carmena, Sr. and Doris Anna Ligon Carmena of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Catholic High School from 3rd-11th grade where he was a cheerleader and went to Boy's State. He then went on to attend Louisiana State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and the Pershing Rifles ROTC Rifle Team. Early in his life, he joined the US Merchant Marines (1946-1947), then USAF Reserve (1950-1951), and finally served active duty in the USAF (1951-1971). He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, having flown over 5,000 hours as a navigator and instructor. He earned both a private and commercial flying license. After retirement from the military, he worked at the Safety Council of Baton Rouge, then Ciba Geigy as a contract maintenance supervisor for twenty years until his full retirement in 1995. In 1996, he cofounded the Isleños de Galvez (later changed to LA Isleño Heritage Society), which began his love for genealogy. He was a performer in many settings: opera, stage, movies, and television. He also was inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution in 2017. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, serving as an altar server, commentator, lector, and Eucharistic minister. As a world traveler, he visited over 40+ countries. Billy is survived by his beloved wife, Eva Mae Kathleen Schafer; his six children, Elizabeth Carmena-Bullock, Susan Carmena, Joseph W Carmena III, Kathleen Carmena, Stephen Carmena, and Helena Young (Ryan, predeceased); and his eight grandchildren, Chandler George and Reagan Carmena, Jonah and Kyle Carmena, Wesley and Marina Bullock, and Zoe and Alastair Young; his brothers Neil and Jack (Ursula) Carmena; one nephew and 7 nieces. He will be best remembered as a wonderful father/grandfather and will remain very much a vibrant source of inspiration to all who knew him. Visitation will be held in his honor at Rabenhorst Funeral Home (825 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802) on Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 4 PM to 6 PM. Requiem mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church (445 Marquette Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806) at 2 PM on Friday, May 28, 2021 celebrated with Father William O'Donnell. Interment immediately following in Roselawn Memorial Park. Billy was a strong man with a kind heart who never missed an opportunity to show how much he loved his family. He did not have a favorite charity
, but rather looked for daily opportunities to make a difference in the life of a person in need. In lieu of flowers, you will be honoring his memory when you do the same.