John Lawrence “Boo” Riche’, 75, of Lake Charles, passed away November 15, 2023, in Katy, TX, surrounded by family. Boo, as he was lovingly called, was born on July 11, 1948, in Cottonport, LA, to Lawrence and Nellie Riche’. He was raised in Cottonport until 1966, when he enrolled at USL. He was later drafted to serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970.
After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Boo became an oilfield inspector. He continued his career as an Allstate Insurance Agent for 15 years, and then became a residential and commercial contractor with Castillo Brother’s until his final days. Boo was truly a jack of all trades, and he was the definition of a coonass engineer!
Boo was an avid sports fan that loved to pull for the LSU Tigers on Saturday and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday after church. His real passion was to catch the Sulphur Tors beat the Barbe Bucs. If you asked him where he grew up, his response would be, “I am a Sport from Cottonport,” where he played football, basketball and rode his horse.
Boo’s highlight every year was the 4th of July week at Toledo Bend for the family reunion. All he had to worry about was how many fishing trips he could squeeze into one week and being with his family. He also loved his church family, Bible Study Fellowship friends and his fishing buddies.
It is an understatement to say that he was loved and respected by all, especially coworkers, his best friends growing up, his next-door neighbor, and his family, both biologically and by marriage, who have been his lifelong friends.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 44 years, the love of his life, Lynda Lantrip Riche’, son; Kevin Lawrence Riche’, grandchildren; Kaylee, Kori and Kenli Riche’ and their loving mother Heather Riche’.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and son; William Andrew “Andy” Riche’.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 9:30A.M. until service time at 11:00A.M., Monday, November 20, 2023, at Johnson Funeral Home, 4321 Lake St., Lake Charles, LA. 70605. Graveside services and military honors will follow the funeral service at 12:30P.M. Monday, at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Jennings, LA.