Mar 25, 2014 7:00 PM by Akeam Ashford
Breaux Bridge is mourning the loss of business icon and military veteran, John Raymond.
Raymond was laid to rest at the at St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery in Breaux Bridge today. Raymond died Saturday. He was 86.
Raymond was co-owner of Buck & Johnny's Pizzeria in Breaux Bridge. He also founded St. Agnes Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and serves as a Breaux Bridge city councilman.
St. Martin Parish Sheriff Ronny Theriot regards Raymond as a civic icon in Acadiana and around the state.
"He was a strong patriot. He had a strong love of his family, his community, and his God. John is going to be sorely missed by everyone," Theriot said.
Raymond served in World War II, the Korean War, and later in the Vietnam War. He was decorated soldier, receiving the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal. He retired from the Army in 1968 as a lieutenant colonel.
"Johnny was very loved. As you can see here today, there were thousands here to represent not only Johnny and his family, but the community of Breaux Bridge," Theriot said.
A civic leader, Raymond returned home to Breaux Bridge in 1968, serving as a Breaux Bridge city councilman. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum in Abbeville.
Former Louisiana Lt. Gov. Paul Hardy said he and the city lost a great friend.
"His passing will leave a huge, huge void in St. Martin Parish. He loved the parish; he loved the city of Breaux Bridge' and he loved the state. Johnny, you will be missed dearly," Hardy said.
In addition to his political interests, Raymond was a businessman.
Owner of several companies, he recently opened Buck & Johnny's Pizzeria in Breaux Bride where Aaron Mendoza and her friends worked.
"He was like a father to us. He always took care of all of us. He was always looking out for us. He was very intelligent, and we loved him very much," Mendoza said.
Raymond leaves behind a wife and three children.