2008 — Rougon, Pointe Coupee, Louisiana
Birth: Sep. 9, 1915Death: Mar. 1, 2008
Percy Vilas "Pete" Rougon was born Sept. 9, 1915, in Chenal. He died Saturday, March 1, 2008, in Baton Rouge at age 92. He was a graduate of Poydras High School. He was a member of the LSU faculty, working in the Department of Industrial Education from 1939 until his retirement in 1977. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from LSU He was a member of Epsilon Pi Tau and Phi Delta Kappa. He was a member of the American Legion and was past commander of Post 248. He was also a member of the Scabbard and Blade Class of 1937. He was honored by the Agricultural Student Association as the Most Outstanding Professor in the College for the year 1974-75. He was very active in the U.S. Army Reserves, and retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel after 30 years of service. He received his commission as a second lieutenant in 1937 from LSU, and was ordered to active duty just two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After a three- month "refresher" course at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to the 338th Infantry Regiment of the 85th Division. While a member of the regiment, he held positions as motor transportation officer, company commander and regimental supply and evacuation officer. He held the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, European- African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with three bronze stars, Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Unit Meritorious Service Wreath. After landing in North Africa, the 85th Division was assigned to the 5th Army under Gen. Mark Clark and saw plenty of action across the mountainous terrain of Italy from the tip of the peninsula, across the Alps to the border of Switzerland. By virtue of his civilian experiences and professional training, he was transferred from the infantry to the ordnance corp shortly after the end of World War II. He was a graduate of several military schools. His last assignment prior to retirement from the U.S. Army was commander of the 4157th U.S. Army School in Baton Rouge.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Louise Langlois Rougon; and his parents, Joseph Vilas Rougon and Beatrice Major Rougon.
He is survived by a son, Donald Percy Rougon and daughter-in-law, Lindsay Oliver Rougon, of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Lynn Rougon Barr and son-in-law, Charles Michael Barr, of Salt Lake City; a brother, Milton Major Rougon, of Baton Rouge; and a sister, Beatrice Rougon Harris, of Baton Rouge. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Michelle Lynn Barr Bergeron and her husband, Richard Paul Bergeron, of Baton Rouge, Joseph Major Rougon and his wife, Becky Danielle Felder Rougon, of Denham Springs, Anne Elizabeth Barr, of Austin, Texas, and Virginia Lindsay Rougon Chavis and her husband, Ashley Kenneth Chavis, of Oxford, Miss.; and three great-grandchildren, Hunter Joseph Rougon and Hannah Elizabeth Rougon, both of Denham Springs, and Bazil Major Chavis, of Oxford.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lakeland.
Arrangements entrusted to Rabenhorst Funeral Home. Entombment in Chenal Mausoleum.
Published in The Advocate from 3/2/2008 - 3/3/2008.