Ray DeRouen

Ray Joseph DeRouen

NEW IBERIA - Memorial services and a Celebration of Life will be held at noon on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in New Iberia, with Reverend Scott Bullock officiating. Ray died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

A gathering of family and friends will be held in the church sanctuary from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of the service at noon. In keeping with Ray's wishes, his remains have been donated to the Bureau of Anatomical Services for the benefit of medical research.

Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was employed by Texaco for 34 years, and invented a pollution control device and was granted a U.S. Patent. He was an avid sportsman, and loved bluegrass music. Ray was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of New Iberia, served on the Administrative Board and Board of Trustees, and was an active usher.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Rena Ruth Collins DeRouen, one son, Lynn Alan DeRouen, and his wife Sheila Wallace DeRouen, and one precious granddaughter, Michelle Nicole DeRouen; two brothers, Francis DeRouen and his wife, Lois, of New Iberia, and Chris DeRouen and his fiancé, Cathy "C.J." Woosley, of Baton Rouge. He is also survived by sister-in-law Evelyn DeRouen, brother-in- law and sister-in-law Dr. L.C. Guilbeau and Linda Collins Guilbeau, by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and by trusted family pets, "Reagan" and "ZsaZsa".

Ray was preceded in death by his father, Arthur DeRouen and his mother Valerie Molaire DeRouen, his brother Dallas J. DeRouen, and sister Betty Jo DeRouen, and by father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Mildred Collins.

The family would like to thank Reverend Scott Bullock, Dr. George Cousin, Dr. David Rinaldi, Dr. Perri Prellup, Dr. Jacob Lahasky, Dr. Boyd Snellgrove, Dr. David Fontenot, Dr. Vidyadhar Akkaraju, and Dr. Stephen Wilt, and Delaune's, Acadiana MRI, Acadiana Oncology, and their respective support staffs, and especially Hospice of Acadiana for their attentive care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to First United Methodist Church of New Iberia, or to Hospice of Acadiana.


Published in the The Advertiser from May 16 to May 18, 2013