Gonsoulin, Jr. Oct. 7, 1939 - Sep. 21, 2013 ADA, OK Morris Joseph Gonsoulin, Jr., born in Loreauville, Louisiana, on October 7, 1939 to Morris (Maurice) Joseph Gonsoulin and Audrey Wiltz Gonsoulin, began his journey to his Eternal Home on September 21, 2013; He will be fondly remembered as a dependable friend, a loving husband, an outstanding father, a proud, adoring grandpa and a strong and calming presence in crisis. Never one to sit still, he loved getting out into the community, gardening, visiting with family and friends, and travelling across the country. He made it a point to fully enjoy life and "focus on the positive". He was always mindful of and grateful for his many blessings; Morris served his country in the United States Air Force as an Airman, then later as a civilian, until retiring from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1995. After retirement, he volunteered with Association of American Retired Persons (AARP), and maintained an active life in the community; He was a devout and committed Catholic and a dedicated member of parishes in Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio and Virginia. When he retired, he moved to Ada, Oklahoma and served Saint Joseph's Church and the Catholic community in many roles. as a faithful parishioner, an Archdiocese of Oklahoma City member, and a Knight of Columbus for many years. Morris is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Lena, his sisters, Ethel, Myrtle, and Hazel. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Mary Randolph; his brother, Elton; his son, Morland and daughter-in-law, Jerlynn (Gladney) Gonsoulin; his daughter, Morna; his step-daughter, Jernita Randolph; and his grandchildren, Lyndsey Gonsoulin, Maryn Washington and Taylen Washington; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and numerous close friends, relatives and associates. Wake Service Wed. 7pm-8pm and funeral service 10am Thurs., both at Criswell Funeral Home in Ada, with interment at Trice Hill Cemetery, OKC.
Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 25, 2013