Henry Eugene Ory, 77, lost his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) Dec. 28, 2007. He is survived by his wife and soul-mate of 35 years, Peggie Frey Ory; his son, Chris Ory; his stepson, Donivan (Sunshine) Sonnier. He was born to Valerie and Lucille Ory in Lake Charles, Louisiana on Jan. 21, 1930. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was ordained a Catholic Priest in 1960, serving in several Parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana. He resigned the priesthood in 1972, married and returned to Lake Charles. He graduated from McNeese State University with a BS in Psychology in 1972, and a BSN in 1984. He received a Masters in Community Counseling from Adams State College in 1990. He moved with his family to Monte Vista, Colorado, after accepting an RN position at Monte Vista Community Hospital. As a psyche nurse, he practiced in Monte Vista, Alamosa, Walsenburg and Pueblo, before retiring at the age of 75. He was an avid golfer and loved playing at Elmwood and Walking Stick. He was a selfless, kind, considerate, compassionate and loving man with a quiet sense of humor. He was Chris' best friend. He will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives he touched. At his request, cremation has taken place, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2008, in the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Frontier Hospice of Pueblo through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003 or P.O. Box 777, Pueblo, Colo. 81002. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Henry well. He was a kind and wonderful person and a great nurse. I have thought of him and your family over the years. May the peace be with you.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Henry well. He was a kind and wonderful person and a great nurse. I have thought of him and your family over the years. May the peace be with you.

  3. My wife and I send our condolences on your loss. We both knew him when we were growing up in Jennings. He was my basketball coach at OLHC and sometimes played tennis at my parent’s home. I think that you and Gene were married at my parent’s home in Jennings by Judge Hebert. We often wondered what had become of him and are so glad to hear he had such a wonderful life with you and your children.
    He will be missed by all who knew him. He was a wonderful, kind, compassionate human being.

  4. My condolences to the family of Gene. He served in Jennings, LA when I was a young boy in middle school and later as a high school seminarian. He was one of the mentors in my life as I am sure he was to others. I have fond memories of him as our basketball coach at OLI, always encouraging and trying to bring out the best in each of us. Even though we didn’t have our own gym he got people to pour a large concrete court and have goals put up to practice. We worked as a team painting the boundary stripes. He took us in his old Ford Falcon to LSU football games, Rodeos, other events. I remember that he often started out in second gear and then shifted to third. He worked with the girls basketball team also and was active in getting some us to bowl. He touched the lives of many people while in Jennings and kept lifelong friends here. When Larry Foley and Andy Guinn and I entered Immaculata Seminary he was always there for us. I have a slide of my senior graduation with Gene and I standing together. He got up on the second step so he would be taller as I was 6’3″ by then. Carl LeJeune whipped us into shape, Dale Hotard taught us to think and Gene made us play as a team. Genereous, compassionate, energetic, were all some the best qualities of Gene Ory. He stood up for the poor and marginalized. He preached for racial equality even when it was unpopular to do so. I believe his prophetic voice was probably tempered by the church in order to not rock the boat. Steve Cormier, I am glad you were able to be with him in some of his dark times. Peggy, you married a wonderful man and I am sure your love supported him in many ways. May the Spirit gently wipe every tear from your eyes. God bless you and your family… Ed McNally

  5. The Saucier family from Opelousas Louisiana, offer our prayers and condolences to the family of Henry Eugene Ory. The Saucier family are former parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Opelousas, Louisiana.

    Michael K. Saucier, Church Point, Louisiana

  6. Peggie and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Henry. I worked with him at Parkview and he was a wonderful person. He always was agreeable to work when I needed him. I hope he was treated as kindly in his last days as he treated our special patients.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sadness.
    In God’s Love,
    Margo Glaser

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