Mr. Roy John Despeaux, 85, a native of Buras, Louisiana, a past resident of Ponchatoula,LA and a current resident of Covington, LA passed away on Friday, October 3, 2008, at his residence. He was born in Jefferson Parish on Monday, July 16, 1923, son of the late Leon Peter Despeaux and Pearl Mae Davis Despeaux. Mr. Despeaux was a retired Production Foreman with Shell Oil. He was a Boatswain's Mate 1st Class in the Navy during World War II, landed on Omaha Beach on 'D-Day' and served in th Pacific Theatre. Survivors include his daughter & son-in-law, Karen Ann Despeaux and Junior Callais, son & daughter-in-law, R. John "Johnny" and Kimberly Despeaux, Jr., sister, Naomi "Tutty" Buras, brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Judy Despeaux, sister-in-law, Lilian Hebert, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clarence "Buddy" and Anna Rose Bacas, grandchildren, Mari Ann and Suzette Callais, Rhett, Rachel, Lauren, and Victoria Despeaux; great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Callie and Emily Hines and Rylan Despeaux. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bernedette Bacas Despeaux; and a sister-in-law, Rita Tarter. His memberships include: V. F. W., Knights of Columbus and American Legion in Ponchatoula. Visitation is scheduled Wednesday, October 8, 2008, at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Ponchatoula, from 8:30 until 12:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Fr. John Sims, O.P., Celebrant. Interment will follow at Westlawn Cemetery, Gretna, Louisiana at 3:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation - 16013 Halbert Rd. - Hammond, LA 70403 or St. Joseph's School - 175 N. 8th St. - Ponchatoula, LA 70454.