OBITUARY

Robert Denham Ducote

February 7, 1949October 3, 2020
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Bob was born in Clinton, Louisiana on February 7, 1949 to Marguerite and Cecil Ducote. He was the youngest of four children and is survived by his wife of 41 years, Janis Kerlec Ducote, his brother Cecil Ducote, his brother Bill (Carol) Ducote and sister Sandy (Charlie) Giannobile, brother-in-law Donald (Pam) Kerlec. He was preceeded in death by his sister-in-law Susan Kerlec Hemelt. He also is survived by thirteen precious nieces and nephews. Bob was also preceeded in death by three special friends with whom we hope he is playing golf in heaven - Dave Hale, Lee Durante (who was in his wedding), and Jim Gouldman. Janis talked of them with Bob during his last days on earth and promised that he would be reunited. Bob graduated from Southwestern University in Lafayette, Louisiana and spent most of his career in medical and pharmacy sales. His wife, Janis, as most of you know has been a nurse for 45 years, so the couple’s career paths intertwined in the medical worker’s compensation industry. Janis introduced Bob to a leader in the industry which gave Bob his launch into this specialty sales field. He furthered his career working for Butch Hofstetter, who ultimately became a wonderful friend to both Janis and Bob. Bob considered Butch a younger brother. Bob met another special young man in the 1990’s, Darrin Ezell, who he brought into the company and mentored. Up until his death, he truly considered him a son. Because of his love of his work, he worked well beyond retirement age and was considered the “Papa” of the company. Bob loved life, GOLF, laughing, drinking wine, cruise travel, music, dancing and just being with friends. Never having children, Janis and Bob both were absolute dog lovers. Their first puppy, Toby, spent 17 years as their little boy, and then came “Elvis” who was an adopted rescued puppy. He was the love of Bob’s life, but they re-named him Cody. Bob and Janis lost Cody just 3 months before Bob’s death. Bob was devasted and often said that he wished he had his sweet Cody with him at the end, but Janis told him that he would be reunited with his boy in heaven! Bob also loved his second home in Scottsdale, where Janis and Bob made special friends with an awesome couple – Mary and Joe! Mary and Joe traveled the world to over 40 countries in a 10-year span, so there was always lots of good conversation. These two became adopted parents to Bob and Janis. They sadly lost Joe over a year ago, but Mary continued to enjoy their visits. Janis and Bob have many close friends scattered across the country, but none any more special, than her girlfriend Becky and her girls - Jenny and Katie whom became nieces, and Katie’s Tommy; Robert, Jane and Roby Ruppel (their moms and dads were best friends for over 60 years); John and Cheryl Faucheux; Joanne and Phil Falterman; Jane and Al Fandrich; Terri and Allan Sayre; Cathy Buchman; Ronnie White and David Forth; and Lauryi and Kevin Knowles. Each of them will miss Bob terribly. He has been such a part of all of their lives for years and years. Janis would like to thank all of her friends for the support during this difficult time, as well as appreciation to the caregivers at Heart of Hospice for their tender, kind care of Bob while in hospice. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the ASPCA to recognize Bob’s love of animals. Family and Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Celebration to honor Robert’s life on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10 AM followed by a prayer service at 11 AM at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home located at 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd in Metairie. To leave any found memories or to share condolences with the family please visit www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Dianne Boice

October 24, 2020

Janis, Jeff and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Bob. We were neighbors for many years in LaPlace. We had fun cookouts by your pool and many celebrations together. you had Toby (Tobias) as Bob called him. Bob had kindness for animals and it was obvious. Years went by and we sort of lost touch. We moved and you all had moved also. We did see Bob for Becky's birthday celebration and had a good visit. That time in our life was so special in our 40' as neighbors. Time has moved on. We will be there today for you Janis and to celebrate Bob's life. We will never forget him and you and all our special times together. Love you

Karen Pusateri

October 23, 2020

My sincere condolences on your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Brandy Dail

October 18, 2020

Uncle Bob, oh how I’ll always remember you being the fun uncle who was always smiling and made everyone laugh! I’ll always remember your wedding to aunt Janis thinking you guys were the beautiful and cool couple! Not sure that ever changed. What a blessing it was to get to pray with you in your final days! I love you! ❤️

Dan Schley

October 17, 2020

I worked with Bob for many years. One thing I know, Bob did not waste a day to impact others with his passion for life. Bob was in Sales most of his life, and me being an Operations guy, he taught me the first time we met, it was not sales but relationships is what builds great organizations.

Bob never left an opportunity on the table; he would call me in the middle of the night with his desire to always have ideas and suggestions to service our customers no matter the obstacles. He made us better a company and take ownership internally to fight for all our sales reps. Bob you will be missed but you lived life to the fullest.

Dan Schley

Joyce & Warren Haun

October 8, 2020

We knew Bob only a few years; Janis much longer. He was a happy, fun loving individual whose presence always lifted our spirits. Such a nice man was Bob that his presence will always be missed. He and Janis were in our super club for a number of years, and we thought it was sweet that he only joined us when Janis was available to be at his side.
Joyce & Warren Haun

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

Bob Belts

October 7, 2020

I had the good fortune of meeting and getting to know Bob while playing golf in Scottsdale. My wife and I had dinner with Janis and Bob several times over the last few years and had lunch with them in June 2020, during their most recent visit to Scottsdale. They are both wonderful people. I will miss Bob on the golf course and my heart goes out to Janis for her loss.

Mary Ann Jung Giardina

October 6, 2020

Janis,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Bob. From his obituary he sounds like a wonderful man. I know you will miss him so very much. Take comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering & is finally at peace. I am keeping you in my thoughts & prayers during this difficult time, my friend. Hugs! 💙💛💙💛
Mary Ann Jung Giardina

Joanne Falterman

October 6, 2020

Where do I even begin Bob and Janis are family to us. philip and I will miss him so much. We have years of great memories from all our Belle Terre adventures to spending time with them in their beautiful Scottsdale home. When we left Laplace 3 years ago it was so hard to say goodbye but they were able to come and visit and do we have some stories of that! We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to kiss Bob and tell him we love him shortly before he left us and and what a beautiful moment that was as he was so at peace. Janis you are in our prayers we have lost a wonderful friend .

Michael Haley

October 5, 2020

Growing up in Clinton, La. with Bob, Bill Mac and Sandy is forever in my brain. The Ducote and Haley Kids were always stretching the limit of good fun. What a time we had ridding horses, Bob rode Micky, Sandy on Billy, Bill on Black Gal, I rode Bob, my pinto. We always were going to our swimming hole on the river and resting the horses at the old country store on Plank Road. Bob so enjoyed Micky, our rides and the swimming hole. He was always happy, smiling and laughing. Bob, you will never be forgotten.

Anjanette Tassin

October 5, 2020

It was a pleasure caring for Bob. Loved all the memories you you shared of him and the love of his dog Cody. Sending my condolences and glad I was also able to meet you Janis.

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