|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1927|
|Death: ||Feb. 15, 2015|
LOUIS GEORGE BOURGOIS, JR., 87, of Paducah, died February 15, 2015 at Superior Care Home. Born in Cairo, Illinois, April 22, 1927, he was the son of the late Louis G. Bourgois, Sr. and Margaret Geneva Courtney Bourgois.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emma Jane Smith Bourgois, and his son, Louis G. Bourgois III (Robyn), of Lexington; and his “special kids,” Rick and Karen Burton. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Dorothy Rose Youngblood Webb.
In 1945, after graduating from the Dorian Private School, in Paducah, Mr. Bourgois was inducted into the U.S. Army Signal Corps and stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was honorably discharged in April 1946 at the rank of Private First Class. After his discharge, he attended the Central Radio and Television School in Kansas City, Missouri, and later was employed as a machinist apprentice at Paducah’s Illinois Central Railroad shops. In April 1952, he was employed by Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Corporation (subsequently Union Carbide Corporation Nuclear Division) as an instrument mechanic apprentice and, in 1954, completed his journeyman training. In November 1986, Mr. Bourgois retired from Martin Marietta Corporation after more than 34 years at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
Since 1957, Mr. Bourgois was a member of the Paducah Section of the International Society of Automation (formerly Instrument Society of America) and served as its treasurer, 1962–2008. In 1974 he began serving as ISA Paducah Section Education Chairman and was influential in establishing an ISA scholarship program for engineering students entering Paducah Community College and an ISA Student Section with its faculty advisor, Mr. George Washburn. In 2000 he helped facilitate development of an instrumentation technology associate degree program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College and coordinated manufacturers’ equipment donations and construction of training resources by Paducah Section members. In recognition of his service to the instrumentation technology profession and to higher education, he was the recipient of ISA’s Distinguished Society Service Award (1993) and Golden Achievement Award (2000). In 2002 he received the international society’s highest honor for education, the Don W. Thompson Award, “in recognition of his efforts and achievement to encourage and support student activities and to mentor students.” In 1994, he was recognized by the Kentucky State Board for Adult and Technical Education “for outstanding contribution and valuable service to Kentucky Vocational-Technical Education.”
Mr. Bourgois devoted much of his life to community service. He served as Communications and Warning Officer for Paducah-McCracken County Civil Defense (subsequently Disaster and Emergency Services) for forty-five years. For twenty-five years he served as Assistant Scoutmaster, then Scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America Troop 7, of St. Thomas More Catholic Church; and as Scoutmaster of Troop 200, of Lone Oak United Methodist Church. He served on the Paducah-McCracken County Emergency Services (911) Board of Directors, the Annual Veterans Day Parade Committee, and was the sponsor of the Annual Veterans Night Musical Tribute to veterans and their families. In recognition of his community service, Mr. Bourgois was the recipient of the McCracken County Fiscal Court Award (1982) and the Alben Barkley Distinguished Citizen Award (2006).
Mr. Bourgois was a Fourth Degree life member of the Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Anthony G. Higdon Council of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where he was a long-time parishioner; and he was a charter congregant of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. He was a licensed amateur radio operator (K4CUW) and member of ARRL–The National Association for Amateur Radio, and served as a member of U.S. Army MARS–Military Auxiliary Radio System (AAT4ST). A licensed private pilot, he was a Lt. Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol–U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, and member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was a member of the American Legion, Chief Paduke Post No. 31.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Milner & Orr Funeral Home—Lone Oak, 3745 old U,S., 45 South. Prayers will be said at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015, followed with the celebration of a Requiem Mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.by Rev. Tom Buckman, Pastor, with Rev. J. Patrick Reynolds, Pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church co-celebrating. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
The Bourgois family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, aides, and healthcare specialists who cared for George, especially the Professional Case Management staff who became part of our family, and extend a special thanks to Father Tom Buckman and the eucharistic ministers of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church who cared for his spiritual well-being while he was homebound.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the music ministries of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church (6705 Old U.S. Hwy 45 South, Paducah KY 42003) or St. Thomas More Catholic Church (5645 Blandville Road, Paducah KY 42001).
Louis George Bourgois (1898 - 1959)
Emma Jane Smith Bourgois (1929 - ____)
Louis George Bourgois (1956 - ____)*
Mount Carmel Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 25, 2010
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Rest in peace, George.|
Barbara Williams Peeler
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