Joseph Erving Lejeune
A celebration of his life will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Rev. Keith Pellerin will officiate. His internment will follow the service at Highland Memory Gardens.
Visitation will begin from 5-10 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the funeral home and will continue at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, until the time of services. There will be a rosary at 7:30 p.m. today, Tuesday.
Joe attended Louisiana College and McNeese State University. Joe retired from Kroger grocery store and he formerly managed Continental Grain of Lake Charles. He owned the Iowa Rice Dryer and Iowa’s Shell gas station. He was employed with Shell Oil Company, onshore and offshore field operations. Joe was a Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He was on special assignment as witness to an atomic bomb test at Camp Desert Rock, Nev., in May of 1952.
Joe coached little league and senior league baseball. He was a member and former Grand Knight of the Iowa Knights of Columbus. He was an executive member of the Board of Lawrence Toups Scholarship Foundation. He was a highly decorated high school athlete from Hathaway in basketball, track and softball. He also played football, basketball and softball for Louisiana College and the US Marine Corp. He continued his avid sportsmanship in both basketball and softball for more than 25 years. Joe then shifted his emphasis toward coaching and encouraging various youth leagues and high school athletics.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carrie Blanchard Lejeune of Lake Charles; his children, Phyllis Lejeune of Austin, Texas, Michael (Tommie) Lejeune of Houston, Texas, Wendell (Sheila) Lejeune of Vinton, and Blaine (Cindy) Lejeune of Lake Charles; his siblings, Ada Mae Lejeune Lee of Jennings, James B. Lejeune of Lake Charles, Eugene A. (Jackie) Lejeune of Maringouin, Robert A. Lejeune of Jennings, and Louis E. (Barbara) Lejeune of Hathaway; his grandchildren, Eric Hoffpauir, Cherie Hoffpauir, Amanda Lejeune, Brittany Lejeune, Nicole Lejeune and Alyson Lejeune; and his great-grandchildren, Nola Josephine Hoffpauir, Findley Stutes and Fletcher Joseph Stutes.
He was preceded in death by his father, Amay Lejeune; his mother, Marie Eudia Miller Lejeune; a sister, Eula Mae Lejeune Semmes; and a granddaughter, Danielle Lee Lejeune.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lawrence Toups Scholarship, at 2412 Gardenia Lake Charles, LA 70601.
Words of comfort may be expressed at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.
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