Dr. Gerald "Jerry" DeRouen

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Dr. Gerald Joseph "Jerry" DeRouen, 67, native of south Louisiana and resident of North Little Rock, died Thursday, July 3, 2014.
His family and friends mourn his passing and will celebrate his life and honor his memory with a Catholic Mass and memorial service held at a later date. Final interment will be in St. John Cemetery in Lafayette.
He is survived by his four children and their families: Jeannie DelGreco, husband Anthony, and their children, Nicolas and Lucia, of Lafayette; Leita Schiemann and husband, Dylan, daughters, Maria and Greta Reyna and son, Otto, of Phoenix, Arizona; Camille Clark and husband, Stuart, and their daughter, Jeanne Kathryn, of Shreveport; and his one son, Jeremy DeRouen, of Phoenix, Arizona. He also leaves the mother of his children, Bonnie Carret DeRouen; and three siblings, Catherine Boudreaux and husband, Mac, and brothers, Dr. Mark DeRouen and wife, Sandra, and Msgr. Keith DeRouen. Additionally, he is survived by his godmother, Janette Louviere Cochran; his aunts, Theresa LaBiche Collins, Annie Lee LaBiche Bourgeois, and Marie Comeaux; and one uncle, Whitney LaBiche and wife, Mary Ellen. He is also survived by many cousins, nephews, and nieces and his companion, Jill McKenna, of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Jerry was born in New Iberia Jan. 7, 1947, to the late Lucius Joseph DeRouen and Olita Mae LaBiche. He was a 1963 graduate of New Iberia High School, a 1972 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and a 1976 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1970. After graduating from medical school he completed a pediatric residency in New Orleans and subsequently became Chief of Pediatrics at South Louisiana Medical Center in Houma. He later established private practices in Houma, Raceland, and eventually Lafayette. He was passionate about the art of medicine and treated his young patients with tremendous love, humor, and respect. He was true to their needs and those of their families - and they loved and adored him.
He will be remembered by his family and friends for his intellect, imagination, insight, steadfast devotion to his profession and of course, his lively, charming personality. He took great delight in his children and their families. Their happiness, above everything, was his greatest pleasure, pride, and joy. Those who knew and loved Jerry appreciated his fearless sense of adventure, brilliant sense of humor, and intense joie de vivre. Jerry DeRouen knew no stranger. He was an avid reader and sports fan with an uncanny memory for all sports-related trivia, an inspired writer - and occasionally a world-class practical joker. He will be dearly missed and remembered lovingly by all whose lives he touched.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to: Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, c/o Voluntary Services-Palliative Care Department, 135-NLR, 4300 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72205, where he was cared for beautifully in his last week of life.
Online obituary and guest book may be viewed at http://memorial.yourtribute.com/jerryderouen.
Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville, Arkansas, is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from July 19 to July 21, 2014
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