Eunice – Our hearts are filled with sorrow as our family announces the passing of our loving Father, Husband, Brother, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Friend, Allen Paul Ortego on December 24, 2018 at Oakland Nursing Home at the age of 88. A Celebration of Life will be celebrated at 1 pm on Friday December 28, 2018 at Ardoin’s Funeral Home Chapel in Eunice. Entombment will follow at St. Paul Cemetery with Pastor Dave Smith.
Allen was born on April 14, 1930 to John Edward Ortego and Josephine Daisy Tate Ortego in Tate Cove, LA. He was one of 15 children. Allen was a native of Ville Platte and a resident of Eunice for over 45 years, and proudly served the United States Army as a Staff Sargent during the Korean Conflict and received a purple heart for being wounded in combat. Allen was retired from farming and the insurance industry. Upon retirement, he ran Eunice’s food bank for many years and enjoyed helping others through that office. To know him, was to love him. He was also on the Eunice Zoning Board for 20 plus years, as well as a member of St. Thomas Moore Knight of Columbus where he served as Grand Knight.
He will be truly missed by all lives he has touched, especially his four sons, Paul Blane Ortego, of Baton Rouge, Daniel Dean Ortego, (Jane) of Eunice, Michael Lloyd Ortego, (Sandra) of Destin, Florida and Craig Anthony Ortego of Lafayette; twelve grandchildren, Town Ortego, Ben Ortego, Marshal Ortego, Margaret Ortego, of Baton Rouge, Crystal Ortego, of Ville Platte, Daniel Ortego, (Brittany) of Monroe, Brent Ortego, of Eunice, Katie Ortego, of Lafayette, Kristal Ortego, of Orlando, Florida, Dr. Kayla Shipley (Tanner), Blake Ortego, and Karaline Ortego, of Lafayette; four great granddaughters, Cali Ortego, Aubri Ortego, of Monroe, Emma and Quinn Shipley, of Lafayette; as well as extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Geraldine Bertrand “Gerry” Ortego, his parents, John Edward (Ned) Ortego, and Josephine Daisy Tate Ortego, as well as fourteen siblings, Marie Angaline Deshotel, Omerine Dare, Louis Joseph Ortego, Lee Ola West, Marie Ortego (infant), John Edward Ortego Jr., Lee Ortego, Joseph Ortego, George Ortego, Isabella Veillon, Lucille Foret Guillory, Paul Douglas Ortego, O’Neal Herman Ortego and O’Neal Henry Ortego.
His six grandson’s (Brent, Daniel, Blake, Town, Ben and Marshal Ortego) will be his pallbearer’s and his grand-son-in-law will serve as his honorary pallbearer.
At the request of the family, visitation will be held at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Eunice on December 27 (Thursday), 2018 from 10 am until 9pm and again on December 28 (Friday), 2018 from 9am until time of services. Pastor Dave Smith will be officiating.
Family and friends may view this obituary and sign the guestbook at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com
Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Eunice, 1301 West Laurel Ave, (337) 457-3371 is in charge of arrangements.
May peace and comfort be with you and your family at this difficult time.
Sheriff Bobby J. GuidrozOpelousas, LA
Such a positive personality. A smile every time I saw him. Craig, sorry for your loss.
Chip ThibodeauxEunice, LA
Craig, Blake and your entire family and loved ones,
My deepest condolences to you all. May Mr. Allen rest in sweet, eternal peace, as he is welcomed and surrounded by choirs of beautiful angels and our most loving Healer.
May God Bless you all,
Carol Anne BattagliaLafayette, LA
I'm so sorry for your loss. I know what it is like to lose a parent. I really liked your dad. He was a very sweet person. Every time I would walk in from school and he was there to collect, He was nice to me. Sometimes he would wait for me just to say hello, my mom would say. My prayers are with you always and with your family. By the way, Thanks for everything you have done for me in the past I love you for it. I do hold you dear to my heart. Love you! Please take care.
Celida Bergeron McDanielGreenville, AL
Sad to hear. We welcomed his frequent visits to the showroom for coffee. May God bless you all now and in the days to come. R.I.P. Mr. Allen.
John R. Young, Family and StaffEunice, LA
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Kim Dozart FalkenheinerVidalia, LA
Very sorry to hear Allen has passed. I met him while working for The Eunice News. Allen and I would have long conversations in which he always spoke about his family. I could tell he loved them very much. Allen was always very nice and easy to speak to. Prayers for Allen and family during this hard time.....
ROBERT LANEIOWA, LA
I can remember like it was yesterday; I was in the hospital recouping from broken ribs and here comes Mr. Allen. He wasn’t three steps in the door and he started making me laugh—because he knew the more I laughed, the more it hurt. After a while I was screaming for someone to please get him out of my room.
I laughed so hard and hurt so much that when the room and my pain settled down, My ribs didn’t hurt as bad.
I can remember riding in Mr. Allen’s ‘70’s Blue step-side pick-up on his farm. We had some great times Craig. I have so, so, so many fond memories of your Mom and Dad.
God bless all of y’all.
Billy JohnsonReddell, LA