Odrie Ortego, 88, a native of Grand Prairie, LA and a resident of Prairieville, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Odrie is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jean Fontenot Ortego; his children, Kenneth Odrie Ortego, Karen Ortego LaCroix, Konnie Ortego Wren, Kevin Mark and wife Gwen York Ortego, and Kristina Ortego Thibodeaux. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brandon Paul LaCroix and wife Melissa, Ashley LaCroix Bourgeois and husband Ray, Lane Dyson Pate, Corey James Thibodeaux, and Kevin Mark, Connor Odrie, Lindsay Marie, Madeline York, and Matthew Thomas Ortego; as well as his great grandchildren, Ray Howard, Abigail Michelle, and Joseph Odrie Bourgeois. Other survivers include his sister-in- law, Ruby Ortego and numerous nieces and nephews. Odrie was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Thelma Roberie Ortego, his brothers Ervin and Sanford, his sister and brother in law, Batilde and Russell Lafleur, as well as his in-laws, Stephen and Leola Fontenot, and Leo and Versie Fontenot. Odrie was a graduate of Grand Prairie High School and Louisiana State University. He was a proud veteran who served his country in the United States Army with the 28th General Hospital Division during the Korean Conflict. Upon graduation from LSU in 1957, Odrie was employed by the University, serving in many positions, for 30 years. While at LSU, he supported many organizations. He retired as the Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs in 1987. In his early years, Odrie was a active member of St. George Parish serving as a volunteer accountant for both the church and school. He was also a member of the first Parish Council, President of the Home and School Association, and a member of the Usher’s Society, Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus Council 4030. Odrie was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather whose favorite hobby was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He had a strong and abiding faith in God and he will be truly missed by all. Visitation will be at St. George Catholic Church in Baton Rouge on Friday, July 27th from 8:00-11:00 with funeral Mass celebrated at 11:00 am. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Brandon LaCroix, Lane Pate, Corey Thibodeaux, Connor Ortego, Matthew Ortego, and Ray Bourgeois, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Harold Braud, Pat Landry, Dr. James Wharton, Richard Brock, Dale Blank, Doug Opendahl and George Schexnayder.
Carolyn billeaudLafayette, LA
We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Odrie. Our sympathies are with all the family. Wish we could have attended the service but Dad was not up to it.
The Severance Family
Ann SeveranceBaton Rouge, LA
Very sad to hear of Odrie's passing. I owe a lot to him and his help in getting me started in college. His and Jean's support got me going in college. Although I didn't graduate from LSU I did get my degree and I owe a lot of that to him.
Dan SmithRichmond, VA
We are so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort, Jehovah, look after you during this most difficult time. In the book of Revelation 21:3,4 there is a beautiful promise he gives where he says that soon will come a time when death, mourning, and tears will be no more. May thoughts and scriptures like this be of comfort to you during this most difficult time.
Thomas knorwlaksiAvon, LA
So Sorry... I will attend...
James R. "Jim" Le BlancBaton Rouge, LA
To Konnie, Ms Jean and ALL of the family:
You are in our thoughts and prayers as we whisper loving goodbyes to such a special man. To know him was a gift. Our hearts will be greiving ,... the world has lost a true gentleman.
Our prayers are for your strength and for peace and that you will feel the comfort that only God can offer.
Ivy and Kim BabinGonzales, LA
Jean and family, My heart is heavy with love for Mr. O and all of you as well as knowing how much his loss is and will be. All of you have been in our lives for more than 50 years and are chosen family; Pat’s wonderful career at LSU was very much due to guidance and support from Mr. O and we never forget that! We are so very blessed to have had him and all of you as family for so very long. Jean, I love you and am grateful for you and for all you and he shared. May God walk with you and keep you as you say goodbye to his earthly life and welcome him to his Heavenly forever life. Mr. O, one of my biggest cheerleaders, I love and will miss you! Cindy
Cindy and Pat LandryBaton Rouge,, LA
You were my favorite uncle and I will always cherish my memories of you, the family and all the wonderful times we had. I love you and will miss you. Love, Marilaine
Marilaine FontenotPetal, MS
My deepest condolences to the family. Remember you are not alone at this difficult time. “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.” Psalm 46:1