OBITUARY

John Albert Ralph Peart Jr.

February 7, 1933June 4, 2018
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John Albert Ralph Peart, Jr. passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the age of 85. Al was born in Alexandria and resided in Maurepas. He was a graduate of Bolton High School, Alexandria, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston and Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, Tulsa, OK. Al was a US Navy veteran during the Korean Conflict and a retired pilot for Delta Airlines with 32 years of service.

Al is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sue Sharon Peart of Maurepas; children, Evelyn Peart Evans and Paul of McEwen, TN; Jerry Peart Willis and Todd Sibley of Prairieville, John A. R. (Johnny) Peart, III of Baton Rouge, Marty Peart Carmichael and Clint of St. Amant, David and Cindy Bergeron of Denham Springs, Steven Bergeron of Baton Rouge and Johnny and Stacy Bergeron, Baytown, TX; granddaughters, Jessica Ramirez Bailey and McKinley of Gonzales, Casey Peart French and Lang of Charlotte, TN, Jessica Bergeron, Shannon Bergeron, Mikayla Bergeron, Jolie and Angelle Bergeron; grandson, Zeth (Bubba) Bergeron; two great-granddaughters, Kamryn and Kelsey Bailey and one great-grandson, Aiden French.

Al was preceded in death by his adoptive parents/grandparents, John Albert Ralph Peart, Sr. and Ruth Elizabeth Adams Peart; mother, Alberta Ruth Peart Holman Church; father, George Irvin Holman.

Visitation will begin at Ourso Funeral Home, Gonzales on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 4:00PM until a celebration of Al’s life at 5:30PM followed by cremation. Acting as honorary pallbearers will be Paul Evans, Todd Sibley, Clint Carmichael, Johnny Peart, Johnny Bergeron, Jason Lapp and David Bergeron.

Mrs. Sue would like to personally thank her sister Barbara Jones and dear friend Betty Sellers for their outstanding care and support.

The family would like to especially thank Chaplain Michael Mann and nurses Monica Ned, Jamie Ross and his CNA Betty Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassus Hospice, 6700 Jefferson Highway, Building 1, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

Please visit www.oursofh.com to leave messages of condolences. Ourso Funeral Home of Gonzales is in charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Life Celebration Service Saturday, June 9, 2018
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Johnny Peart

July 16, 2018

Love you Dad, miss you very much, Rest In Peace, fly up in heaven, from your son Johnny.

Jeffrey Pickett

June 11, 2018

Deepest sympathies are extended to the family of Captain Peart on behalf of Delta Golden Wings (DGW), a fraternity of retired and active pilots. For nearly 32 years Captain Peart carried thousands upon thousands of passengers safely through their life journeys. His skill and leadership in the cockpit is recalled joyfully by those of us who shared his time with us.

Jeff Pickett
Secretary, Delta Golden Wings

Marty Carmichael

June 7, 2018

Dad, As God took you into his arms I lost part of my heart. We love and miss you. May you be at peace until we meet again. Love Marty and Clint Carmichael

Sandra Patton

June 7, 2018

It's been many years since working for Delta, but I remember John well. Such a sweet gentleman always ready with a smile and a kind word. My condolences to the whole family.

Evelyn Evans

June 6, 2018

We love you Daddy and will miss you very much. Rest In Peace in our heavenly Father’s arms until we see you again. Love Paul and Evelyn

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Biography

      John Albert Ralph Peart Jr. was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this man was an outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well. He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. John was a man who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, John would set about immediately to create it.

      John was born on February 7, 1933 at Baptist Hospital in Alexandria, LA. His parents were Ruth E. And John A. R. Peart, Sr. John was raised in Alexandria, LA. John was brought up to be reasonable in his actions and was taught to use his intellect wisely. He was an honest and straightforward child, traits that reinforced his self-confidence. Even at a young age, John was credited with having a positive influence on those around him.

      The positive atmosphere that John generated spread to his family. John was raised with 2. He had one sister, Ruth E. Church Marks and one brother, Richard Harrison Church, Jr. John served as a catalyst within the family. He often found himself in the role of providing fair solutions to those sibling disputes. In every family activity, John was able to demonstrate his uncommon logic and skill at building compromise.

      John's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that enthusiasm generated led to his exhibiting leadership qualities early on in his childhood. He liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, he was willing to experiment with different approaches as he worked a plan towards a solution. As a young boy, he John took part in football. In his spare time he liked playing outdoors with his friends.

      When it came to academics and school, John's organizational skills reaped dividends. John was able to create a system for getting his class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong ability to analyze his schoolwork and assignments, he could apply a practical, common sense approach completing his studies. He showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which he tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge his own reasoning ability in finding solutions. He graduated from Bolton High School in 1951. He enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes and teachers.

      The work habits and approaches to studying that John utilized in high school also served him well in college. John always seemed on a quest for knowledge. He was able to generalize, summarize and compile information for his classes, employing a matter-of-fact approach. John was intuitive and mentally alert, seemed to crave the challenge of solving complex problems. He earned his degree from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. He also pursued graduate school, earning his degree from Spartan Aeronautical University in Tulsa, OK.

      As John knew in other aspects of his life, he had a clear vision of what he sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. Sue was a significant part of his life, and it wasn’t necessary for John to be overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of their mutual devotion. John's secret to success was that he always kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the important skill of being a good listener.

      Family and children were important to John, even if he didn’t always show it. John was blessed with 4, one son, Johnny Peart III, and 3 daughters, Evelyn, Jerry, and Marty. They were also blessed with 2 granddaughters and 3 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Casey, Kamryn, Kelsey, and Aiden. John was able to keep order in the family by using the same efficient and straightforward methods with the family as he did at work. John rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, he was subtle and patient in his dealings when teaching the children right from wrong.

      At work John was viewed as a natural leader. He could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. He was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. John was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. He was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. Although John might have been described by some as an overachiever, he was without question a dedicated and diligent employee. His primary occupation was Airline Pilot. He was employed for Delta Airlines for 32 years.

      John was a Navy veteran. He was in the Navy from 1952 - 1953. John saw action during the Korean Conflict. John's fellow soldiers knew that he worked well within the system, understanding the importance of rules and striving to follow them. John's life approach was all about order.

      Not only did John find pleasure in pursuing his various hobbies, he also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about them. His skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these activities as well. His favorite pursuits were fishing and video games.

      No matter what the activity was, John had the ability to motivate others. This talent influenced his participation in sports, too. He sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and he stayed cool and calm under pressure. He relished the stimulation of the action and energy associated with sports. In high school, John played ootball. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Nascar and LSU Football.

      John's ability to motivate, direct and organize others made him a valuable asset to the organizations to which he contributed during his lifetime. John was one who could be counted on to work hard to implement goals and required little to begin work on a specific task. Once a project was begun, John had a definite methodology for seeing it through to completion. Throughout his later years, John was an active member of the American Legion Post #3, Airline Pilots Assoc.

      John was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of John's favorites was Sissy a black and white rat terrier. They were best friends for 12 years.

      When John's retirement finally came in 1988, he was well prepared. He had worked out all of the details well in advance and knew exactly what he was going to do. His new life involved relocating to Maurepas, LA. In retirement, he found new pleasure in Nascar. Always a well-informed person, John enjoyed adding to his wealth of knowledge. Retirement afforded him the time to enjoy that experience and provided one more opportunity to look ahead at what life might offer him.

      John passed away on June 4, 2018 at at home in Maurepas, LA. Al fought a brave battle against Alzheimer's Disease. He is survived by his wife, Sue; Evelyn Peart Evans and Paul, McEwen, TN, Jerry Peart Willis and Todd Sibley, Prairieville, LA, John A. R. (Johnny) Peart, III, Baton Rouge, LA, Marty Peart Carmichael and Clint, St. Amant, LA, David and Cindy Bergeron, Denham Springs, LA, Steven Bergeron, Baton Rouge, LA, and Johnny and Stacy Bergeron, Baytown, TX. Granddaughters – Jessica Ramirez Bailey and McKinley, Gonzales, LA, Casey Peart French and Lang, Charlotte, TN, Jessica Bergeron, Shannon Bergeron, Mikayla Bergeron, Jolie and Angelle Bergeron and one grandson - Zeth (Bubba) Bergeron. Two great-granddaughters Kamryn and Kelsey Bailey and one great-grandson, Aiden French. Services were held at Ourso Funeral Home in Gonzales, LA. John was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetary in Pineville, LA.

      John Albert Ralph Peart Jr. knew what he wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. He could be characterized as a driven individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. John was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat about most things. He was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes by default. If he saw that something needed to be done, he was always ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan.