James Ralph "Buddy" LaGrosse

James Ralph LaGrosse, 68, passed away April 30, 2013, at Fort Walton Beach Hospital surrounded by loved ones. He was born on Sept. 12, 1944, in Crestview to Nicholas LaGrosse and Bessie Sowell.

Buddy grew up in Destin. He attended Choctaw High School in Fort Walton Beach until he joined the Navy in 1964 and served in Vietnam. He retired in 1987 as a highly decorated veteran. He was employed by civil service on Eglin Air Force Base and retired in 2004.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas LaGrosse and Bessie Allen.

Buddy is survived by his sons, Darrin (Andria), Joey, and Jon (Erin) LaGrosse; sisters, Nikki Adams and Ann (Jess) Clark; grandchildren, Logan, Haileigh, Katelyn, Brooke and Blake; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 7 at McLaughlin Mortuary 17 Chestnut Ave. SE, in Fort Walton Beach.

Graveside ceremony will follow at Marler Memorial Cemetery, 427 Calhoun Ave. in Destin.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association.