John Thomas Praetorius

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ARLINGTON – Johnny Praetorius, 81, passed away Monday, March 26, 2013, at home by his wife's side. Services: St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 1200 S. Davis Dr., Arlington, TX. April 4, 2013, 9:30am Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet; 10am Burial Mass and Interment of Ashes; Light Reception follows Mass. Johnny was born August 23,1931 to Leo Frederick Praetorius, Sr. and Gertrude Karl Praetorius in Bay St. Louis, MS. He graduated from St. Aloysius High School in New Orleans, LA. Johnny lived his life in service to others: serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, those less fortunate through acts of kindness throughout his life, and his family and friends. He worked for over 60 years as an Ironworker; he especially enjoyed building foundations and bridges. Those who know Johnny would agree that was true not only of his iron work but also his approach to life. Johnny loved fishing, visiting with his friends at the VFW, and spending time with his grandson, Jesús Juan Pablo who could always make him smile; he was overjoyed about his second grandson, Jesús Benedicto Andrés, coming in August. Survivors: His wife of 39 years, Yvonne Praetorius; daughter, Regina Trudy; son-in-law Brian Aguirre; grandsons Jesús Juan Pablo and Jesús Benedicto Andrés; brother, Leo Frederick Praetorius, Jr.; Nephews, Rodney Praetorius and Jerry Praetorius; Nieces, Jill Praetorius Oubre, Bernadette Brouphy, Amelie Heier; Grand Nephews, Brian Ogden, Shane Praetorius, Stuart Oubre, Jordan Oubre, Michael Brouphy, Tommy Heier, and Eddie Heier; Grand Nieces Natalie Praetorius, and Christie Brouphy: and numerous cousins, family, and friends. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Johnny's honor to either: St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church 1200 S. Davis Dr. Arlington, TX 76013 or Veterans of Foreign Wars 406 W 34th St. Kansas City, MO 64111

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  1. We are so sorry for your loss, he is now in the arms of our Lord !! We hope, that in time, our Lord will mend your broken hearts, may he rest in peace !

  2. Where do I even begin? From swamp rabbits to belly robbers, soft leg to ruptured ducks to pushing a chain, Johnny enlightened the whole room with his eclectic wisdom and authentic vocabulary. The size of his heart was larger than life. This, displayed to us daily, when he doted about his precious Regina and fulfilled endless Walmart lists for his lovely bride Yvonne. Life will never be the same without our Cajun snuggle bear. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

  3. Regina, my dear friend, having read some of the comments made, your dad was obviously a really special man. My prayers go out to you and your precious family and will continue to in the weeks and
    months ahead. You were there for me when I lost my dad and if I can be of any assistance to you during this difficult time, please call on me. Blessings and love to you and your beautiful family.
    Love ya, Susan

  4. a warm heart and loving soul will leave their blessings on you his daughter and on your sons. I will pray for you and Yvonne to gain peace and to hold good memories.

  5. Regina, I am unable to be there next week with Brian and family. I just wanted to let you know I understand your loss and pray you find peace. Uncle JT was a wonderful person and I enjoyed his humor and liveliness each time I got to be around him. I know it will never be long enough but Jesus was blessed to be around JT and vice versa. Love you and your family!!

  6. A friend with good cigarsa oysters and beer and love for all.You’ll be misses but not rteplaced

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. He is now with our Lord!! I hope that in time our Lord will mend your broken hearts. John mu friend I will miss our conservations on cajun cooking and Justin Wilson.Rest in peace my dear friend.

  8. On behalf of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Alumni Association and Brother Martin High School, I offer our prayers and condolences.

    Kenny Spellman ’84
    Alumni Director

  9. Deepest sympathy to the family in the loss of Mr. Johnny. He was a great friend & neighbor when he lived in Destrehan. He will be missed by all who knew him. He will be remembered in my prayers.

  10. I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I know he must have loved his grandson!

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