James Hubert Ledet Jr.
December 26, 1937 – June 28, 2020
James “Jim” Hubert Ledet Jr., passed away peacefully at East Jefferson General Hospital with his children at his bedside on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the age of 82.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 43 years, Myra Ann Guillot Ledet, as well as his parents, James H. Ledet Sr. and Margaret Koper Ledet, and his youngest sister, Noelie Ledet Morgan. Jim is survived by his children, James “Trey” Ledet, III (Karen), Jan Ledet Diaz, John Ledet (Ros) and Jeffery Ledet (Paula), grandchildren, Bradley Ledet, 2LT Antonio Diaz (USMC), Christian Ledet, Rachel Ledet, Robyn Ledet, Mitchell Ledet, Lauren Ledet, and Emma Ledet, his sister, Anna Ledet Guillot.
He is also survived by his companion, Susan Bowman, and her daughter Maureen "Beanie" Bowman (who have been his main prime-caretakers over the years when he was at home), and her son Tommy Bowman and Linna Alcoser. They have been a part of the Ledet Family for the past 16 years. He will also be missed dearly by a host of other loving family and friends.
James was a proud graduate of St. Aloysius High School in New Orleans. Upon graduation, he attended Loyola University in New Orleans. He enlisted in October of 1958 with the Louisiana Army National Guard – Charlie Battery 935 Field Artillery, Jackson Barracks. Jim completed his Basic Training at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas and IDT Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon returning to Jackson Barracks, he was assigned to Headquarters Battery, 935 Field Artillery Battalion. During his six years, he was a Fire Direction NCO, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, and served proudly as a member of this distinguished unit. He was honorably discharged in October of 1964 and was awarded several medals including Louisiana’s 5 Year Service Medal, National Defense Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
Jim retired from his professional career as a Market Manager for Bendix Corporation serving the automotive aftermarket industry. This allowed Jim time to volunteer and indulge his other pursuits such as boiling, broiling, grilling, cooking, and barbequing to perfection, especially for his beloved grandchildren. He was always a special supporter of St. Aloysius High School and Brother Martin High School, and enjoyed coaching at Lakeshore Playground in Metairie and for the Mardi Gras Track Club.
In retirement, Jim returned to the Washington Artillery, his beloved unit. From that moment until his health declined, he was a very active member of the Washington Artillery Veterans Association (WAVA). He served as a board member, First Vice-President, and was a two term President of the WAVA. As a Perpetual Member of WAVA, Jim enjoyed all the events and camaraderie. The annual Laying of the Wreath and the Pass and Review were dear to him even when his health excluded his attendance. Among the membership and awards Jim received, he was most proud of his Saint Barbara Medal because of his proactive contributions to the Artillery and WAVA.
The family would like to thank East Jefferson General Hospital and their entire staff for the outstanding care given to Jim.
Relatives and friends, as well as the members of WAVA and members of the 141st Field Artillery Bn. Washington Artillery at Jackson Barracks are invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA. Visitation will held from 9AM-11AM with a Funeral Mass to being at 11AM. Interment and military honors will follow at Cypress Grove Cemetery, 120 City Park Ave. New Orleans, LA.
In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made in Jim’s honor to the Washington Artillery Veterans Association, payable to WAVA at 6400 St. Claude Avenue, Jackson Barracks, Box 12, New Orleans, LA 70117; being this is an organization that he held so near and dear to his heart for so many years.
James Hubert Ledet Jr.
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July 11, 2020
Dear Rose and Lauren,
I am so sorry for your loss. Lauren proudly shared a couple of stories about her grandfather with me. I know he was greatly loved. May God grant you peace and strength at this time. Love, RayNell Burns
July 10, 2020
Miss you and I love you Pere Paw.
July 10, 2020
Sometimes it seems like yesterday we lost my mom but then it wasn’t. My parents had many years together and my mom was gone before my dad could retire. Then he met Sue and welcomed her into our family. I have to say that he got to enjoy his retirement with many years of enjoyment with WAVA with Sue by his side. And without her family becoming part of the Ledet family I’m not sure what my dad would have done. He enjoyed going out and dancing and Sue was right by his side. Without he he would have never traveled to Belize and had so many wonderful stories to tell. But as his health declined over several years without Sue and her daughter Maureen to take care of him while his children continued on in there lives he had the best care if not better then we would have found anywhere. So to the Bowman family Antonio and I will be forever grateful. Sue we love you and the Bowman family being part of our extended family. Love always Jan and Antonio Diaz
July 10, 2020
I have many fond memories from over the 30 years that I have known Mr. Jim and had the pleasure of being a part of his family. What I remember most and treasure is that he was always very kind and very social. He was a great storyteller and never was at a loss for words. His family was his top priority and I was fortunate to become one of his daughter-in-laws. It truly has been a blessing for Ms. Sue and Maureen to come into his life, to care for him during his long illness, and to bring great joy and happiness to his life for many years. I love and miss him very much. May he rest in peace.
July 9, 2020
Dear Mr. Jim,
We are really going to miss you so much. I could not ask for a better Father In law. We are so lucky that you had Ms. Sue and Maureen took such good care of you, for so many years. They truly were your angels. I am glad that they became part of my family and I am extremely grateful to you for always including everyone. Love you so much. Ros
July 9, 2020
To Sue & the entire family - So sorry to hear this sad news! I will always remember the fun times at all the WAVA functions that Russell & I had with you & Jim. May your memories bring you comfort. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this time of sorrow.
July 9, 2020
John, Jeffery and Jan I am so deeply sorry for your lost.
July 8, 2020
My memories of Mr. Jimmy go back to my early childhood when I met Jan, my lifelong friend. My sister from another mister. I remember going to Jan's house, and Mr Jimmy was cooking dinner. I asked "what smells so good". He offered to have me stay for dinner. I asked, "what is it"? He replied, "frog legs". My jaw must have hit the ground. My reply was instantaneous, "ewwwww, no thank you!" I had never heard of anyone eating frog legs before! And he laughed and laughed. He always had a good sense of humor. He had smiling eyes, as my grandmother would say. "The eyes are the window to the soul", she explained. I believe she was right. Mr. Jimmy's soul was always smiling. Rest in peace with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and let your soul smile and shine brightly for Him, and for your family that has gone on before you.
July 3, 2020
On behalf of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Alumni Association and Brother Martin High School, I offer our prayers and condolences. We will say a Mass in his memory.
Father of all, we pray to you for Coach Ledet, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Kenny Spellman ’84
Brother Martin High School
July 2, 2020
I will miss you and appreciate the influence that you had in Antonio and I know how proud you were when he decided to join the military and become a Marine. He will continue to hold that standard for your approval and I know you will be watching over him when I cannot be there! Love you always as my forever will continue with you in my heart. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸