Harold J. Ducharme
LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at a 1:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Basil Catholic Church in Judice, for Harold J. Ducharme, age 77, who died at 12:09 AM on Monday, April 28, 2014 at Pelican Pointe Nursing Home in Maurice.
Entombment will be in St. Basil Mausoleum.
Reverend Henry Broussard, will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Lectors will be Nicole and Mallory Ducharme. Giftbearers are Lindsey Ducharme and Leah Evans. Karen Broussard, organist will sing for the services, "How Great Thou Art", "Be Not Afraid", "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "J'irai la voir un jour".
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Velma Hebert Ducharme; a daughter, Sandra M. Ducharme Credeur and her husband Patrick Credeur of Judice; his son, Gregory P. Ducharme and his wife, Nicole Simon Ducharme of Gonzales, LA; his granddaughters, Leah Evans, her husband Chris Evans of Maurice, LA, Mallory and Lindsey Ducharme of Gonzales and a grandson, Kyle J. Champagne and his wife, Lindsey Quinn of Broussard; two great grandsons, Gavyn and Rowyn Evans; his siblings, Hayward Ducharme and his wife, Mary of Elgin, Texas, Larry Ducharme and his wife Patricia of Nederland, Texas, Beverly Matthews and her husband Donald of Silsbee, Texas and Galen Ducharme and his wife Debbie of Lorena, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton Ducharme and the former Laura Trahan, both natives of Port Arthur, Texas; his great aunt and her husband, Elmire Roy and Edward Alleman, who reared him from childhood in Judice, Louisiana.
Mr. Harold J. Ducharme was born on July 31, 1936 in the community of Judice, Louisiana, where he resided all of his life. He was a 1955 graduate of Judice High School where he participated in sports and excelled in the mile run and held the meet record at Southwestern relays. Mr. Ducharme retired from National Food Stores and worked for Joe Ewell. He was active in his community where he was co-chairman of the Judice Trail Ride, a life time member of the Judice Fire Department, the St. Basil Church Council, Trustee of St. Basil's Church Council and an Usher until the progression of his illness and past member of St. Basil's KC Council #10721. He loved to travel and did so, extensively touring 48 states, all except Minnesota and North Dakota, Canada, from Nova Scotia to Victoria BC, Mexico, Jamaica, Panama and more. However, his favorite vacations were spent at Sam Rayburn Lake with his siblings and family. He loved hunting doves and ducks, fishing, golf, speaking Cajun French, listening to old Cajun music, BBQ with family, working in the yard and garden were his hobbies and passion. Mr. Ducharme looked forward to his Friday lunch dates with his cuz, Nason Trahan. He was a member to Big Dad's Dinner Club, Breakfast Club at Coffee Depot in Scott, Dirty Dozen Organization, the Duck Pluckers Hunting Club, the Bouree groups who met at Nollis Trahan's weekly on Tuesday and the retired principal's gatherings.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Champagne, Chris Evans, David Ducharme, Danny Ducharme, Roland Stansbury, Kirk Stansbury, Keith Stansbury, Kevin Stansbury, Darrel R. Broussard, and Giles Broussard.
Honorary Pallbearers are Nason Trahan, Lester Duhon, Claude LeBlanc and Chester Lantier.
The family requests that visitation be observed in Martin & Castille's DOWNTOWN location on Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM and on Wednesday from 8:00 AM until time of service.
A Rosary will be prayed Tuesday at 7:00 PM in Martin & Castille Funeral Home by Shela Melancon.
The family wishes to thank the compassionate caregivers at Pelican Pointe for their kindness and excellent care.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Harold J. Ducharme's name to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston Street, Suite 200, Lafayette, LA 70503.
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