Will Thomas Jourdan, 82- Pawpaw to his family and friends- of Mandeville, LA died on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at his home in Mandeville, LA. He was born, Saturday, September 22, 1934 in New Orleans, to John M. and Anna Federico Jourdan. Pawpaw is survived by his children, Karen Jourdan Ranker (Dick), Will Jourdan, II (Colleen), Kim Jourdan, Eric Jourdan, and Bruce Jourdan; his grandchildren, Denise McGovern (Casey), Stephanie Carefoot (Todd), Matthew Ranker (Jennifer), Kristen Skistimas (Craig), Caitlin Jourdan, Ann Marie Jourdan Grattan (Andrew), and Louis Jourdan and five great-grandchildren. Also, surviving him are his sisters Joan Douville (Robert), Ann Breaud (Norbert), Mary Meyers (Chris) and brother Gary (Beverly).He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lois Marie LeBoeuf Jourdan, his parents, his infant daughter, Joanne Marie, and his sister, Lynn Conley. Mr. Jourdan was a varsity basketball and baseball player at Jesuit High School and played collegiate baseball for four years at Loyola including the 1955 team that was elected to the Loyola Hall of Fame, the first baseball team so recognized by the University. He graduated from Loyola, earning a BS degree in business administration. A successful business executive, he purchased Atlas Steel and Wire in Elmwood, then later sold it while remaining CEO until he retired. The family home on Lakeshore Drive was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Later he donated the surviving structure to the town of Mandeville for preservation as an early example of local architecture. A devout and devoted Catholic, he was active in the Our Lady of the Lake Parish in many capacities. He especially loved the Society of St Vincent de Paul and Ozanam Inn. The Archdiocese of New Orleans recognized Mr. Jourdan and his wife for their exemplary devotion by awarding them the Order of St. Louis medal. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 12:00 Noon on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 312 Lafitte Street Mandeville, LA 70448. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 10:00 AM to service time. In Lieu of flowers donation may be made to Ozanam Inn, ozanaminn.org or Jesuit High School, jesuitnola.com . Share a memory on the tribute wall at www.ejfieldingfh.com .
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