|Birth: ||May 29, 1920|
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 2009|
Alfred Joseph Petrus
SHREVEPORT, LA - Alfred Joseph Petrus - Christian, husband, father, soldier, patriot- passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2009 at the age of 88 at Grace Home. A vigil will be held Tuesday, January 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Rose-Neath, 2500 Southside Drive in Shreveport with visitation following at until 7:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 522 Flournoy-Lucas Rd.
Mr. Petrus was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Sarah Petrus, brother, Anthony Woodrow "Woody" Petrus, sister, Dorothy Petrus Ruffin and a granddaughter, Sheri Anne Petrus. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Frances Nugent Petrus, children, Robert "Bob" Petrus and wife, Kathy, Joseph "Jay" Petrus and wife, Nancy, daughter, Lydia Petrus Kennedy and husband Gary; grandchildren Lesa Petrus Townsend, Wendi Petrus Grabener and husband Scott; Richard Petrus, Sarah Kennedy, Alex Kennedy and Claire Kennedy all of Shreveport and Justin Petrus of Phoenix, AZ., great-grandson, Nick Townsend of Shreveport and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Petrus was born May 29, 1920 in Shreveport. He graduated from Fair Park High School in 1938. Mobilized by the U. S. Army in January 1941, he was stationed in California after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He returned to Shreveport and married Frances Nugent in June 1946.
Mr. Petrus worked for the City of Shreveport Water Department for 15 years, rising to the position of Superintendent of Distribution. After leaving the City, he went to work for Red Ball Oxygen Company in 1977. He led Red Ball's sales effort in Webster, Bienville, Desoto, and Red River Parishes, as well as Shreveport-Bossier. He retired in 2004.
Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he joined the American Legion, Cedar Grove Post, and began a life-long commitment to veterans' causes. He also joined La Societe de 40 & 8, another very active veterans' organization, serving many offices on the local and state level and on the national level as Sous Chef de Chemin de Fer or National Vice President.
He served as National Chairman of the Boland Trust for 10 years, awarding nursing scholarships from the 40 & 8 to needy nursing students. In 2001, Petrus was named Voyaguer of the Year-the first ever to win that award.
Through his work in the American Legion, he began an association with the Louisiana Boys' State program in 1947 that remained his passion for almost 60 years. In that time, he took thousands of high school seniors from Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Bienville, Red River, Claiborne and DeSoto Parishes to LSU's campus in Baton Rouge each August to learn how our government works. Those high school seniors are now many of northwest Louisiana's most prominent politicians and leaders.
Mr. Petrus was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic church and served many years on the Pastoral Council there.
Pallbearers will be Milton Harrison, Frank Buie, Donald LaFleur and his grandsons, Alex Kennedy, Richard Petrus, and Justin Petrus. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Thomas Worgul and Bennett Politz.
Frances Nugent Petrus (1927 - 2014)*
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Created by: John Andrew Prime
Record added: Jan 07, 2009
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