Daniel J. Normand
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Mr. Daniel J. Normand, 83 of Marksville, died September 21, 2011 at the V. A. Medical Center in Pineville.
A veteran and Purple Heart recipient of the Korean Conflict, he reached the rank of Master Sgt. He also served on special duty in the late 1940s in Germany and later on in the Presidential Honor Guard in Washington D. C. at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and as a guard at the front door of the White House, under President Truman.
After his service in the army, he was the manager of Dubroc Supply Company of Marksville for over 30 years, helping to establish the first store in Marksville in 1956. After retirement he was a regular volunteer at the V. A. Medical Center in Pineville, and was part of the staff at The Avoyelles Journal.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a founding member of the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Marksville.
He was born March 27, 1928 in the Borodino-Hamburg area, the son of Lennie and Virginia Lemoine Normand.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sonia Bordelon Normand, and their son, Anthony Normand. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Jim and Lennie Jr, and a sister, Inez Normand Dicket, all of the New Orleans area.
He is survived by two daughters, Susan N. DeCuir of Marksville and Kathleen N. Fitzgerald of Pineville; and six grandchildren: Paul DeCuir, Carolyn D. Landry, Marissa DeCuir, and Sam, Jacob and Jonah Fitzgerald and one great-grandson Colin Landry.
A funeral Mass will celebrated Friday, September 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. by Rusty Rabalais and Father Irion St. Romain at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 5pm to 8pm Thursday at Hixon Brothers Funeral Home in Marksville. Visitation will resume Friday from 8am until shortly before time of service. A Christian Wake service will be held at 6:30 pm. Thursday. Interment will be in the mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery No. 2.
Published in The Town Talk on Sept. 22, 2011