Celebration of Life: Joseph Paul “JP” Kayrouz

Joseph Paul “JP” Kayrouz, of Louisville passed away peacefully on Aug. 17, 2019 at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. He was 93.

He was born June 23, 1926 in Louisville, one of six children to Akel Kayrouz and Selma Salina Kayrouz.

JP attended St. Xavier High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was aboard the USS Bunker Hill, CV-17, surviving the attacks by two Kamikazes in the Invasion of the Marshall Islands during WWII.

JP was the owner of JP Kayrouz Restaurant and Delicatessen for over 26 years, and he was one of the original restaurateurs who revolutionized the St. Matthews Food Movement in 1976. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Carol Kayrouz; great-grandson, Walker Joseph Davenport; and siblings, Mary Sines, Nora Cramblett, Helena Mitchell, Adele Vacca and Tony Kayrouz.

JP is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Norma Etscorn Kayrouz; children, Jacqueline Boesch (Doyce), Dennis, Donna McGraw (Tom), Ron (Ilana), Thomas (Mary), Kimberly Kayrouz-Tidball (Dan) and Christopher. He also leaves to cherish his memory 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

His funeral mass was celebrated on Aug. 23, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 508 Breckenridge Lane, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation took place at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, “in St. Matthews.”

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of JP.