J. Russell Ardoin
LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 13, 2013 at a 2:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Lafayette for Joseph Russell Ardoin, age 76, who passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette.
Interment will be in St. Peter Roman Catholic Cemetery in Carencro. The Rev. Gary Schexnayder, pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Lafayette, will officiate at the services. Readers will be Mathew Ardoin and Penny Berthalot. Giftbearers will be Jessica Ardoin, Kori Ardoin and Chanter Broussard.
Mr. Ardoin was born in Ville Platte to Merrick and Marie Ardoin on September 15, 1937. He was married to the former, Wyvonne "Wy" Fontenot, his high school sweetheart for fifty-six years having been a resident of Lafayette for forty-eight years. She and his children and grandchildren were the love of his life, he was so proud of them all and loved them deeply. Mr. Ardoin was a parishioner and founding member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Lafayette. He was in sales until his retirement and was a volunteer at the Lafayette Tourist Center and with Hospice of Acadiana. Russell was a people person and never met a stranger and was very proud of his Cajun heritage. He loved sports and coached T-Ball in earlier years and was a high school football official for forty-two years. He played tennis for many years and made "forever" friends in football and tennis. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all.
Survivors include his wife of fifty six years, the former Wyvonne "Wy" Fontenot; four sons, Steve Ardoin and his wife, Janet, of Cecilia, Daniel Ardoin of Grand Coteau, Michael Ardoin and his wife, Charlotte, and Paul Ardoin all of Carencro; ten grandchildren, Ryan Ardoin, Chanter Broussard, Julian Ardoin, Jessica Ardoin, Mathew Ardoin, Christopher Ardoin, Timothy Ardoin, Kori Ardoin, Jeremy Tate and Merrick Ardoin; and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Merrick Ardoin and the former Marie Welsh; and two sons, Blaine Ardoin and Gregory Ardoin.
A rosary will be prayed at 6:00 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.
The family requests that visiting hours be observed from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday and will continue from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Sunday.
Pallbearers will be Steve Ardoin, Daniel Ardoin, Ryan Ardoin, Mathew Ardoin, Christopher Ardoin, Julian Ardoin, Merrick Ardoin and Chris Cornes. Honorary pallbearers will be L.D. Aucoin, L.J. Boudreaux, Bob Nelson, Wade Brignac, Jules Fontenot, Chelie Barnes, David Tate, Jeremy Tate, Herb Thayer, Tim Ardoin, Ellis Romero and the Lafayette Football Association Officials.
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Melancon Funeral Home, Evangeline Memorial Gardens Chapel, 4117 N. University Ave., Carencro, (337) 896-3232, is in charge of arrangements.