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OPELOUSAS - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Gilbert Billeaudeau at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, in the Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas, La. The Very Reverend Monsignor Keith DeRouen will Celebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal will be held at Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Billeaudeau, age 91, a resident of Grand Prairie, La., died on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Opelousas General Health System.
Gilbert served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during WWII. He made three invasions including Sicily, North Africa and Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him.
Survivors are his son, Donald Gerald Billeaudeau and wife, Sandy; his daughters, Judy Ann b. Gary and husband, Harvey; Charline Marie B. Thomas and husband, Jon and Jennifer Ann B. Norris and husband, Michael. He is also survived 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine Deville Billeaudeau; his parents, Renus and Avana Ardoin Billeaudeau; his sons, Gilbert Ray Billeaudeau, Kenneth Wayne Billeaudeau; his brothers, Lee Billeaudeau, John Billeaudeau, Gladney Billeaudeau and his sister, Vernice Johnson.
Visitation will be held at the LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas on Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will reopen on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until service time. A rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, La. 70570, (942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home
2845 S Union Street Opelousas, LA 70570
Published in the Daily World on Apr. 13, 2014