Bobby Joe Ortego, age 64, passed away on December 30, 2023.
Bobby's career in the oil field was not only a source of livelihood but also a testament to his strong work ethic. His talent as a welder allowed him to play an integral role in the industry and gain the respect of his colleagues. Over the years, he became well-known for his precision and skill, leaving behind a lasting impact on those he worked with.
Outside of work, Bobby had a vibrant passion for hunting and fishing that brought him immense joy. He found solace in nature and thrived when surrounded by its beauty. Whether he was exploring the wilderness or simply enjoying the outdoors, Bobby's appreciation for Mother Nature was unwavering.
Sports played an important role in Bobby's life as well. He was an avid fan of college football and closely followed the LSU Tigers. Additionally, he cheered fervently for the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. His enthusiasm for sports extended to other realms too as he enjoyed watching WWF Wrestling matches and enthusiastically tuning in to Wheel of Fortune.
Of all Bobby's accomplishments in life, nothing brought him more pride than spending quality time with his loved ones. Camping trips with his brothers held a special place in his heart as they created cherished memories under starlit skies. Bobby's adoration for his grandchildren knew no bounds; he had an incredible knack for making them laugh with quirky rhymes that filled their hearts with joy.
Bobby Joe Ortego was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ruby Ortego; his sister, Cathy Griffin; his grandson, Decklin Young; sister-in-law, Margaret Ortego; his brothers-in-law, Gary Lanclos, Ray Stephens, Carl Devillier, and Glenn Richard; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gervis and Laura Lanclos.
Left to honor Bobby's memory are his loving wife of 44 years, Pamela Ortego; his son, Brandon "Scott" Ortego, and his wife Jennifer; his daughters, Brandy Ortego and Erin Bertrand and her husband, Chad; his brothers Paul Wayne Ortego and Danny Ortego and his wife, Debbie; his sisters, Shirley Stephens, Rita Deshotel, Debbie Richard and her husband David, and Caroyln Devillier; his grandchildren, Ariana Young, Talin Young, Isabella Young, Grayson Young, Cohen Bertrand, Audri Bertrand, Sawyer Bertrand, Fynleigh Ortego, Ryker Ortego; his Godchildren, Kimberly Bergeron and Logan Joubert; his sister-in-law, Debbie Vidrine and her husband, Bobby; and his brother-in-law, Patrick Lanclos.
A Visitation will be held at LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM by Deacon Mitch Hebert. Visitation will resume on Thursday, January 4, 2024 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington at 12:00 PM, with Rev. Father Clint Trahan officating. He will be laid to rest at Bellevue Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Brandon "Scott" Ortego, Danny Ortego, Paul Wayne Ortego, Chad Bertrand, Matt Stephens and Shannon Richard. Honorary pallbearers will be Logan Joubert, Cohen Bertrand and Talin Young.
Bobby Joe Ortego was an exceptional individual who left an indelible mark on the lives he touched. As we bid farewell to his physical presence, let us carry forward his spirit of resilience, love, and unwavering commitment to living life to the fullest. May his soul find eternal peace, knowing that his memory will forever live on in our hearts.