O'Neil J. Daigle Jr.
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Maj. Gen. O'Neil J. Daigle Jr., 87, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2010. He is survived by his children, Stephen J., Debra A. and husband Zeb Mayhew Jr., Arthur D., and Jane E.; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two brothers, Percy "Puddin" and Warren Daigle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette Waguespack; parents, O'Neil J. Daigle Sr. and Eva C. Daigle; and grandson, Jason. He served for more than 37 years in the military, culminating with his promotion to major general and appointment as the adjutant general of Louisiana from 1972 to 1980. The awards and honors he received throughout his life were the Legion of Merit, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Louisiana Longevity Medal with two Fleurs de Lis, Louisiana War Cross and Louisiana Distinguished Service Medal. He was inducted into the Infantry School Hall of Fame, the Cadets of Ole War School Hall of Honor, the Louisiana National Guard Hall of Fame and the USS Kidd Hall of Fame. His associations included the Military Order of World Wars, American Legion, Louisiana Cattlemen's Association, Washington Artillery Association, the National Guard Association of the United States, Reserve Forces Policy Board and member and president of the National Guard Association of Louisiana. Additionally, he was a member of the Baton Rouge Deanery Council of Catholic Men, past chairman of the Ascension Parish United Givers Fund, past chairman of the Industrial Development Board of Ascension Parish, past member of the Volunteers of America Advisory Board, member of the LSU Foundation, president of Daigle Pontiac Buick GMC Inc., president of First National Bank of Gonzales, vice president of Southeastern Securities, partner in Daigle and Mire Real Estate and partner in Circle Jay Dee, a real estate holding company. Visitation at Ourso Funeral Home in Donaldsonville on Monday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville. Entombment in the church mausoleum. Condolences may be expressed online at www.oursodonaldsonville.com.

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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2010.
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April 24, 2010
My sincerest condolences go to the Daigle family on your loss. General Daigle was a very special person to so many people. His service to the Louisiana National Guard was commendable. My prayers go out to the family. Masses have been requested on his behalf. Annette Martinez Melerine (former employee of the LAARNG)
Annette Melerine
April 22, 2010
April 18, 2010
Serving under General Daigle was a great learning experience. He had the unique ability to press you beyond your preconceived limits. I truly enjoyed the many years I served under him. His leadership as The Adjutant General could not have come at a better time. The Guard is more effecftive today due in a large part to his efforts. He will be missed.

COL (Ret) Roger and Betty Bacon
April 14, 2010
Debra, Stephen, Jane and Arthur,

I just heard about your dad's passing. I am so sorry! I've lived out of state for almost 20 years now and didn't know that Aunt Jeannette had passed away too. I have such fond memories of both, I remember your mom laughing and your dad with a big cigar in his mouth! He's the only person my mom would let smoke in our house! I'm sad to think how many years it has been since I saw them last. I hope it gives all of you a sense of peace knowing how wonderful both your parents were and how fondly they are remembered.

Best Wishes to the entire family,
Vanessa Nelson Hersh
Vanessa Hersh
April 12, 2010
Words cannot ease your heartache..but we do share your loss and extend our deepest sympathy to the Daigle Family.
We have made many trips from Maringouin to Gonzales to purchase cars..little did we know that the 1st sale would develop into a long lasting friendship.

Annie Hawkins & the late Burnett Hawkins Family in Maringouin, La.
April 12, 2010
To all of the Daigle family I am so sorry to hear the news. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. General Daigle did a lot for me and I really appreciated everything. I wish I could have attend the funeral but I just arrived home from a business trip out of state and saw the e-mail. All my prayers are with you.
George Payne III
April 12, 2010
Our condolences. General Daigle was a great leader of the LA National Guard. It was a true honor and privilege to have served under him. May God be with you & lift you up during this time of sorrow. In Christian Love, John & Cheryl Douglas
April 12, 2010
April 12, 2010
Brent and I send our prayers to you and your family at this time. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
Brent & Gaynell Michel
April 12, 2010
Dear Jane, Arthur, Debra and Stephen:

I'm so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was a great man. I remember him fondly from my youth. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I'm so sorry I couldn't be there I just found out this morning.
God Bless all of you.
Sue Lambert
April 11, 2010
Doug and Wanda,

Sorry for your loss.

Kaye, Terri, Brandi, Johnny and Haley
April 11, 2010
Dearest Debra and family:
We are so sorry for the loss of your father. He was my first boss and I had a great respect for him and all the things he accomplished in his life. He was a very special person to me. John and I are out of town but please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and I know He will give you the strength you need during this difficult time of your life.

Dianna Trabeau LeBlanc and John LeBlanc
Gonzales, LA
April 11, 2010
MG Daigle will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. I am proud that I served under him in the Louisiana National Guard. He was a great person and soldier.

COL(Ret)Russell & Eloise Mayeur
Russell & Eloise Mayeur
April 11, 2010
Our family is saddened to hear of the loss of your father(THE GENERAL).
His list of accomplishments are extensive,his greatest trait was his personality.you could be a suit & tie person or tee shirt & jeans person the level of respect was the same.
Dale Bunnell & bunnell fmly.
April 11, 2010
Stephen, Debra, Arthur, Jane and Loved Ones: I will cherish the few short years that I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. OJ. The promise of everlasting life is his now and forever. Your family will remain in my prayers during this difficult time.
April 11, 2010
Our thoughts are with the family. In reading the summary of all of Uncle O.J.s accomplishments it is remarkable one man acheived so much. I was always proud of Uncle O.J. but didn't know the half of it. May he find peace and reunite with Aunt Nette and friends. Love to all the family. Patty Waguespack Cannon
Patty Cannon
April 11, 2010
Dear Steve,
My prayers are with you and your family in your time of loss. Gonzales and the State of Louisiana are a better place because of your Dad.
My daddy thought the world of him. He was an honorable man/soldier.

Katie Rossi
RayGen Services
April 11, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with Major General O.J. Daigle's family. He was a great Adjutant General of the Louisiana Army National Guard. It was an honor serving under him during my time in the Guard.
Francis J. Grevemberg
April 11, 2010
A great loss to those who knew and worked for him, my prayers are with you..
April 11, 2010
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Ourso Funeral Home
April 10, 2010
To MG O.J. Daigle Family Members and Friends: Please accept our sincere condolences.Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Earl & Rosalie Santos
Earl Santos
April 10, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with MG Daigle's family and friends in their time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
COL (Ret) Calvin & Jan Washispack
April 10, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
wardell wilson
April 10, 2010
April 10, 2010
Sorry for your loss, your family is in our prayers,
Steven & Amanda Moore
April 10, 2010
Angelle, Michael and Family:
So sorry for your loss. Cherish the good memories of your PawPaw.
Glenda DeLaune Brignac
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