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Francis "Kern" Ortego

June 28, 1944 — April 2, 2022

VILLE PLATTE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Francis “Kern” Kernel Ortego at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte, La.  Father Tom Voorhies will celebrate the Mass.  Burial will take place at Evangeline Memorial Park.

Francis “Kern” Kernel Ortego, 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 2, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 28, 1944, in Ville Platte, LA to Malcolm and Margery Ortego.  Kern loved riding motorcycles; he rode every day.  He was a happy go lucky man who loved meeting people and he never met a stranger.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and he loved spending time with his family. Kern will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ellen Ortego; two daughters, Paula Ardoin and husband, David Ardoin, Jr. of Houston, TX and Shannon Doucet and husband, Broch Doucet of Ville Platte; grandchildren, Angelique Fuller and husband, Jared Fuller of Houston, TX, Sadye Doucet of Ville Platte, and Jacob Ardoin of Houston, TX; one great grandchild, Amelia Fuller; and brother, John Rocklin Ortego and wife, Crystal Bihn Ortego.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm and Margery Ortego; sisters, Jody Ortego Credeur and Juliana Ortego Russell; and brother, John Raphael Ortego.

Visitation will be held at Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Ville Platte on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM.  A rosary will be prayed by Deacon Chuck Ortego at 6:00 PM.  Visitation will resume on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, from 8:00 AM until time of service.

Family and friends may send condolences to the family at

Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Ville Platte is in charge of arrangements.

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