Lawrence Ourlie “Pete” Billiot, age 78, died peacefully at home surrounded by loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved first wife Berniece, and his parents Ourlie and Elvira, along with brothers Murphy, Willie, Leroy, and sister Julienne. He leaves behind his loving wife Verna and stepson Johnny Mercier; siblings Margie, Jane, Mary Lee, Josephine, and Robert.
Father of Kevin (Kelly), Keith (Kristee), Karen (Chris), and Karla (Lori). Proud grandfather of Colleen, Garrett, Melanie, Tyler, Grace, Caroline, Alec, Justin, Keith, Gabrielle, Kelsey, Cole, Madeline, Kayla, Kylie, and Olivia. Great-grandfather of Leslie Paul.
Pete was born in Lockport, LA and moved to Saint Bernard as a young boy. He enjoyed football and credited his love of playing the game for being the first in his family to graduate high school. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. After his service ended, he returned to Saint Bernard and briefly worked at Union Texas Petroleum before landing a job at Tenneco Refinery, where he worked until his retirement in 1997.
In his retirement years, he became very active with his American Indian heritage and was elected to represent the United Houma Nation as Tribal Councilman to the parishes of Saint Bernard, Plaquemines, and part of Jefferson. Pete enjoyed traveling on vacation, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He had an engaging personality and made friends easily. He will be remembered fondly by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and numerous friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. A funeral service will begin at noon. He will be laid to rest in Saint Bernard Catholic Cemetery, Saint Bernard, LA. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.