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Fort Walton Beach, FL | The Destin Log

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Raymond Jean Bourque passed away surrounded by family in his home on January 2, 2023. The family would like to thank The Emerald Coast Hospice for aiding in such a peaceful transition.

He was born on December 25, 1929, in Erath, Louisiana to Edmar Bourque and Rita Suire. Raymond was raised in the heart of Cajun Country. With no more than an 8th grade education, he joined the Air Force in 1947 and embarked on a life full of travel and service.

He married the love of his life “Joanne” on February 11, 1951. They had two daughters, Pam (Schweickert) and Debbie (Bruce). Raymond’s service allowed them to travel the world, residing in Newfoundland, Japan, and France. After retiring to Destin, FL in 1968, he joined the US Postal Service where he worked for 20 years. After retirement, he and Joanne spent their summers traveling the country in their RV, making memories, seeing Alaska, Newfoundland, and everywhere in between.

Both a Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran, Raymond loved his country deeply and continued his service by way of the Air Commandos and The American Legion Post 296, which was his home away from home. There he cultivated countless friendships and became passionate about various veterans affairs, regularly making the drive to deliver donations to the Chester Sims Veterans Home in Panama City, FL as well as Tuskegee, AL.

Ray was an avid hunter, fisherman plus an excellent cook. Many knew him as “Cajun Ray,” who always had a pot of gumbo on the stove, a crawfish boil or fish fry in the works. It was very important to him to pass down family recipes & culture. His only grandchild Kelby is now able to make a roux without a recipe!

Raymond is survived by his wife Vera Joanne Bourque (Kropp), his daughters Pamela Rae Schweickert (George (Buddy) and Deborah Bruce, granddaughter Kelby Rae Cramblet (Jared) and his great-grandson Ocean Ray Cramblet. He is also survived by his brother Fabien Bourque and his nephews Randall, Dexter and Fabien Jr. Bourque, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews still living in the Erath, LA area. Brother-in-law Tom Kropp (Nancy), sister-in-laws Nancy Kropp and Mary Jo Kelso as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews still living in the St. Petersburg, FL area.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edmar and Rita Bourque, sister Therese Hollier, sister-in-law Audrey Bourque, brother-in-law Don Kelso, and son-in-law Perry (Gabby) Bruce.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held February 4, 2023, at 2:00 pm at The American Legion Post 296, 311 Main St., Destin, FL 32541. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Legion Post 296.

Posted online on January 18, 2023

Published in Northwest Florida Daily News