Dr. Richard Joseph Bourgeois, 91, died on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at his home in Port Arthur. He was born on Jan. 14, 1921, in Orange, to Ada and V.W. Bourgeois. Richard was a WW II veteran for the United States Army Air Corps. Once he was discharged, he went to medical school and became a prominent physician, practicing for over 35 years in Port Arthur.

He was a member of the Southeast Texas Medical Association, an active member of the Bachelor Club, and served many years as the Fighting Yellow Jackets team doctor. Dr. Bourgeois also practiced as an indigent care physician at the Port Arthur Health Department, provided many house calls to the local community, and he was one of the original founders of Park Place Hospital. He loved to play golf, ballroom dance, and travel the world with the love of his life, Marilyn.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Richard is survived by his daughters, Victoria Goss and husband, Joe of Labelle, and Patricia Morrell of Winnie; son, John Bourgeois and wife, Megan of Plano; brothers, Tommy Bourgeois of Austin (formerly of Bridge City), and Jerry Bourgeois and wife, Agnes of League City; grandchildren, Justin and Kaitlyn Goss, Emily and Jeremy Begnaud, Anthony Morrell, Alyse Morrell, Ashleigh and Tyne Brown, Mason Bourgeois and Joey Bourgeois; three great grandchildren; and numerous other family members.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; eldest daughter, Christie; his parents; numerous brothers and a sister.

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