John W. Armand, age 73 of Echo

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A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for John W. Armand at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2015, in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Rev. Jason Gootee officiating. Interment will follow in St. Francis De Sales Cemetery, under the direction of Kramer of Fifth Ward.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will resume on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
A recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, in the Kramer Chapel.
John W. Armand, 73 of Echo, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, peacefully at his residence with his immediate family at his bedside.
He is preceded in death by his parents Edith and Percy Armand.
John was born on January 10, 1942, to Edith Dubrock Armand and Percy Armand in Lake Charles, LA. They later moved to Echo, LA, where John attended and graduated from Poland High School. He met and married Elaine Roy of Marksville, LA. They later moved to New Orleans and resided there for 5 years where he worked for Magcobar Drilling Company, as a mud lab technician, and also managed various fast food restaurants. John worked as a salesman for farm equipment, mobile homes and vehicles; and he was very much involved in the Pecan Industry later in life.
John was very active in the St. Francis de Sales K.C. Council. He served as president of the church council, and organized various fund raisers in the Echo Community. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and entertaining family and friends. John loved people and never met a stranger.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Elaine; two daughters, Jody Armand Rachal of Echo, Vicky Armand Alvarado of Pineville; his grandchildren, Linley Rachal Vanacore, and her husband Mike of North Dakota, Derrick Rachal of Poland, Adrianna “AJ” Alvarado of Pineville; his aunt Hazel Dupuy, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers honored to serve will be Matthew Armand, Timothy Armand, Derrick Rachal, Mike Vanacore, John Santamaria, Steve Bergeron, Bud Cain, and Gerald LaCombe.
A special thanks to the staff of All Saints Hospice, Rev. Jason Gootee, and to friends and family for their prayers and support.