James “Pete” Alton Ragan passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022 at the age of 71. Husband of more than 44 years to the late Jennifer “Jenny” David Ragan. Father of Candice Ragan Abadie (the late Adam Quentin Abadie, Sr.). Son of James Roger Ragan and the late Annie “Louise” Davis Ragan. Brother of Ruby “Maynell” Falterman (John), Roger (Kathi), Michael, Marcella Palazzo (Mark), Isabelle “Belle” David (the late Philip), Autry (Paulette) and the late Donald, Kenneth (Cass) and Jimmie (Paulette). Grandfather of Adam Quentin Abadie, Jr. and James Edward Abadie. Godfather of Brandan David, Brant Palazzo and Dawn Chauvin. “Pete” is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own.
“Pete” as he was known to everyone was born on September 25, 1951 in Columbia, Tennessee. He was an Assumption High Graduate and settled for more than 50 years in Westwego, Louisiana. He was a man of many talents and much knowledge. His passionate love of reading developed as a young boy and continued all of his life. The number of books he read are unknown, but is sure to be remarkable. He was also an avid movie goer. Before there was “Google”, it was “Call Pete”. He was always right and often joked that it was “a curse”!! He was excellent at anything he attempted. A welder by trade, and retired Assembly Technician at Laitram Machinery where he often said the “worst day at Laitram was better than the best day anywhere else”. He participated in many sports and activities throughout his life including tennis, volleyball, basketball, karate, body building, running including a half marathon, off road biking, camping and arcade video games. His favorite thing to do was sport fishing. He wasn’t a materialistic man, he was simple yet sentimental. He was a true gentleman and was always 1st to pick up the check. Even though he portrayed a hardened exterior, he truly had a heart of gold. He always did the right thing even when it was hard. His integrity was unmatchable. He always lived within his means and would help anyone he could. Nothing mattered more to him than his family.
Family and friends are invited to attend the memorial visitation at MOTHE FUNERAL HOME, 7040 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, Louisiana on Monday, November 28, 2022 from 9AM until 10AM. A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 10AM. Interment will be privately held at a later date. Family and friends may offer condolences at mothefunerals.com