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Dr. Frank Paul Rizzo Jr.

May 24, 1936 — December 3, 2023

Dr. Frank Paul Rizzo Jr.

Funeral service for Dr. Frank Paul Rizzo, Jr. will be held at 10:30AM Thursday, December 7, 2023, at First Methodist Church in Monroe with Rev. Brian Mercer officiating. Interment to follow in Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home Sterlington Rd. Monroe. Visitation will be held at 4:00PM until 6:00PM Wednesday at First Methodist Church Monroe.

 

Dr. Frank Paul Rizzo, Jr. passed away peacefully at 12:35 a.m. Sunday, December 3, 2023, surrounded by his children. To many, he was known as Dr. Rizzo, Dr. Buddy or just Buddy. To his family, he was Dad & PaPaw. Born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana, Buddy was a graduate of Neville High School’s Class of 1957. He was a Tulane University undergraduate & graduate of Tulane Medical School in General and Vascular Surgery.  He received Tulane’s Golden Diploma for 50 years of Medical Service. After semi-retirement, he enjoyed several years teaching Surgery at E.A. Conway Medical Center. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a physician at the 31st Field Hospital in Thailand. He was a huge Neville Tiger & Tulane Green Wave fan; you could find him almost every Friday night on the Neville football field sidelines serving as the team’s volunteer physician. He enjoyed cheering on many of Neville’s winning football seasons & championships! In his final years, it brought him happiness that Tulane finally had a winning football team! He had a true love for hunting and fishing which he taught and passed down to his son and grandsons. He was one of the founders and a lifelong member of Mallard Farms where many locals and celebrities have had the pleasure to hunt. He was greatly loved by his children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. He taught them so many life lessons and his laughter and kindness will forever be missed.  He truly valued his great friendships as well. For those who called him a friend, our family thanks you for enriching his life.

 

He is preceded in death by, His parents; Dr. and Mrs. Frank Paul Rizzo, Sr. and his son Frank Paul Rizzo, III.

 

Dr. Rizzo is survived by his children, Becky Moore, Lauree White (husband Jim), Lisa Campbell (husband Wilson) and Chris Rizzo (wife Kristy); his stepson, Kevin Thomason (wife Lisa); his grandchildren, Joshua Moore, Jackson Egermeyer, Owen Egermeyer, Ryan Campbell (wife Angelle), Max Campbell (wife Kelli), Oliver Campbell, Gabriella Rizzo and Aubrey Rizzo; his step-grandchildren, Declan Thomason and Faron Thomason; his great grandchildren; Emery Campbell, Myles Campbell, Camille Campbell and Kit Campbell; his wife, Patricia Diane Thomason Rizzo; sisters, Mary Agnes Sewell (husband Ralph) and Jo Ann Smith; and sisters-in-law, Jane Smith, and Carolyn Paterson.

 

A Heartfelt Thank you goes to Mable Allen, Dr. Greg Sampognaro, Dr. David Barnes, NELA Kidney Specialists Staff, Gardens of Somerset Staff, Always Best Sitters, Ascend Hospice, First Methodist Church, and Mulhearn Funeral Home.

 

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Past Services

Visitation

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

First Methodist Church-Monroe

3900 Loop Road, Monroe, LA 71201

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Funeral Service

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

First Methodist Church-Monroe

3900 Loop Road, Monroe, LA 71201

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Interment

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery

623 US-80, Monroe, LA 71203

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