Arthur Joseph "Art"
SHREVEPORT, LA- Art was born September 19, 1926, in Shreveport, La. After a long and happy life as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 24, 2014. Committal services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville, La, officiated by Father Michael Thangwa and Rev. Darrell Dean. A time of visitation will be on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 3-5 p.m. at Rose Neath South in Shreveport, La. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or Samaritan Purse.
Art felt honored to have served his country in the Navy from 1944-1946, as part of the "Greatest Generation" during WWII in the Pacific Campaign. After graduating from his beloved Louisiana State University in 1952, he then served his country for the second time in the Army from 1952-1954 as a decorated 1ST Lieutenant of the Field Artillery Radar Group in the Korean War.
After a successful 30 year career as a Field Engineer, Art retired from Ethyl Corporation. He remained young at heart and enjoyed the opportunity to continue working up until the time of his passing at age 87.
Art was preceded in death by his first wife Rose Ann Scurria DeLaune and his parents, A. J. DeLaune and Lydia Morris DeLaune. He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Bannon DeLaune of Shreveport; his two sons, Tom W. DeLaune his wife Elba of San Antonio, TX; Don M. DeLaune his wife Karen of Evanston, WY; step children, Paul D. Bannon his wife Janell of Baton Rouge, La; Bonnie B. Byrd her husband Donnell of Shreveport, LA.; two grandchildren Geoffrey DeLaune of Fox, New Zealand and Ashley DeLaune Pedrotti of San Antonio, TX; four step grandchildren, Jason Byrd his wife Tina of Baton Rouge, LA; Jenni Hicks her husband Randy of Keithville, LA; Cashel Rodriguez her husband Adolfo of Folsom, LA; Brian Bannon his wife Jessica of Austin, TX; ten loving great grandchildren and numerous friends whose lives he touched.
Honoring Art as pallbearers will be his five grandsons.
The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the doctors and nurses of the Critical Care Unit of Willis-Knighton South.
Published in Shreveport Times on Jan. 26, 2014