A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 201 E. Bayou Parkway in Lafayette for Arthur Francis Bakeler, Sr., 86, who passed away Friday, January 14, 2011, at his home in Lafayette.
Entombment will follow in Sacred Heart Mausoleum in Broussard.
Reverend Father Steve LeBlanc, Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lafayette, will officiate. Deacon Arthur Bakeler, Jr., Mr. Bakeler's son, will serve as Deacon for the Mass.
Mr. Bakeler was born Tuesday, December 9, 1924 in Biloxi, MS and was a long-time resident of Lafayette. Arthur was a proud veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy during WWII
and the Korean Conflict
. He was a manager with Bellsouth for many years before retirement, and was instrumental in the establishment of microwave communications for NASA and Michoud space agencies. Arthur was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lafayette.
Mr. Bakeler was very giving and community-minded and donated much of his time in numerous civic and military organizations. He was past President of Woodmen of the World Lodge 98, Senator for the Silver Hair Legislators, State Coordinator for the 55-Alive safe driving course program, and was past Commander of American Legion Post 69. Arthur was also past President of the local chapter of AARP as well as the Golden Age Club, and was past Conventions Coordinator and President for Pelican State. He was very involved with Knights of Columbus and was a former District Deputy and Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus #1286.
Most of all, Arthur adored his family and grandchildren and was a foster parent to many children over the years. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by those whose lives he touched.
Mr. Bakeler, Sr. is survived by five of his children, sons Arthur F. Bakeler, Jr. & his wife, Janet and David B. Bakeler and his wife, Barbara, and daughters Elizabeth F. Bakeler, Cynthia M. Bakeler and Tammy Ann Dhuet, all of Lafayette; thirteen grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 63 years, Marie Emilie Mayer Bakeler; one daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Ann Bakeler Best and her husband, Terry W. Best, Sr.; and his only brother Alfred Smith.
The family requests that visiting hours at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette be observed on Monday, January 17, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and resume on Tuesday, January 17, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. until time of services.
A Rite of Christian Vigil with rosary to follow will be observed on Monday evening, January 17, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fountain Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Pallbearers will be Douglas R. Bakeler, Stephen P. Bakeler, Nicholas R. Best, Andrew P. Best, Arthur S. Joubert and Terry Best, Jr.
Honorary Bearers are Amy B. Montet, Shelley C. Gallet, Laurie E. Cole, Tiffany M. Begneaud, Christie A. Girard, Angelique Joubert and Alicia N. Joubert.
The family wishes to thank St. Joseph Hospice in Lafayette for the compassionate care given to Arthur and his family.
In lieu of flowers, Mass intentions may be made in his name to St. Pius X Catholic Church.
To view online obituary and guestbook, go to www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com
Fountain Memorial Funeral Home of Lafayette, (337)981-7098, 1010 Pandora Street, is in charge of arrangements.