Louis ‘Pete’ Rivard
Louis T. “Pete” Rivard, 96, of Bradley, passed away Monday (March 11, 2019) at Riverside Senior Citizens’ Living Community in Kankakee.
He was born June 14, 1922, in St. George, the son of Joseph and Georgiana (Gregoire) Rivard. Louis married Dolores Remillard on Oct. 2, 1948, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kankakee. She preceded him in death Feb. 1, 2019.
Louis was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II with the 29th Infantry Division. He was in the first wave of U.S. troops landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was wounded twice while serving in Normandy. Louis was awarded with the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal and the European Campaign Medal. Louis also was able to participate in an Honor Flight for World War II veterans, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Prior to retirement, he was employed as an air conditioning and refrigeration technician by T&R Supply, McConnell Refrigeration and Mercon. Louis was a longtime member of the American Legion, Kankakee Sportsmans Club, Local 597 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union, the 29th Infantry Division Association and the Vintage Squadron.
Louis was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was generous with his time and talents. Louis enjoyed helping his children, grandchildren, relatives, friends, neighbors and the church. His hobbies included woodworking, camping, reading and repairing anything put on his workbench. It seemed he had a tool and a part for every job.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, David and Deborah Rivard, of Kankakee; one daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Gary Wolfe, of Bourbonnais; three grandchildren, Sarah Rivard, of Kankakee, Rebecca Rivard, of Las Vegas, and Michael Wolfe, of Zionsville, Ind.; and one sister, Madonna Heeger, of Longs, S.C.
In addition to his wife, Dolores Rivard; he was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. An additional memorial visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday, March 18, until the 11 a.m. memorial Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradley. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Kankakee.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church of Bradley or Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Please sign his online guestbook clancygernon.com.