Col. Camile J. Chaisson Jr., 83, a native of Thibodaux and resident of Kenner, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until funeral time Thursday at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux. A Mass of Christian burial will be at noon Thursday at the church, with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery in Thibodaux.
He is survived by his second wife of 35 years, Margorie Nobles Chaisson; son, Dr. Camile L. Chiasson and wife, Jeanne Peltier Chiasson; granddaughters, Ann Marie Chiasson Currie and husband, Brian Currie, Stephanie Chiasson Toups and husband, Dr. Justin Toups, and Jamie Chiasson Mutter and husband, Brett Mutter; and great-grandchildren, Adrienne, Jacob, and Andrew Currie, Paul, Rebecca, William, Elizabeth, and Catherine Toups, and Luke Mutter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Camile J. Chaisson and Inez Martinez; first wife, Marie Hoffman Chiasson; daughter, Eugenie Marie Chiasson; brother, Neddie Chiasson; and sister, Daisy Chiasson Ledet.
Col. Chaisson was a graduate of L.T. High School and Louisiana State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. He is a former schoolteacher and principal of 31 years in Lafourche and St. Charles Parishes.
Col. Chaisson had dedicated 31 years of military service to active duty and to the Louisiana State National Guard. In addition to many service schools, he was a graduate of the C and G's College at Ft. Leavenworth and the U.S. Army War College.
He served in Korea from 1952 to 1953, where he earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Ribbon, Korean Service Ribbon, Occupation of Japan Ribbon, and Army Commendation Ribbon, in addition to several Louisiana State Service Medals.
Col. Chaisson had 29 years of active service with Kiwanis Club of Third District serving as various officers of that organization. He was also a member of the Teachers' Retirement System, Louisiana State Employee Retirement System, Society of the Third Infantry Division, and the Seventh Infantry Regent Association.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club – Third District of New Orleans, or to any charity.
Thibodaux Funeral Home in Thibodaux is in charge of arrangements.
Thibodaux Funeral Home
104 Saint Patrick Street Thibodaux, LA 70301
Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from June 24 to June 25, 2014