LeRoy Delafosse, 88, awoke in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Born on Sept. 3, 1925, to Eli and Ivy Delafosse, he graduated from Elton High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy three days later. He was proud of his service as a World War II veteran and served during several Pacific invasions on the USS Doyen. Following an honorable discharge 2 1/2 years later, he returned to Elton and married the love of his life, Marjorie Bruchhaus. He partnered with his father-in-law in operating Midway Supply (lumber yard, construction, hardware) and with a neighbor in farming 1,200 acres in rice, oats, soybeans and cattle.
Over the course of his adult life he had many vocations, both volunteer and professional, encompassing a wide range of activities for which he received many honors. He never stopped learning and attended courses in such varied specialties as agriculture, veterinary medicine, fire forensics, welding, business and securities transactions.
As a devout Christian and servant of God, he was actively involved in numerous community and church activities throughout his life. In 1959, he and Marjorie operated the first Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW) work center in Louisiana. For 21 years he was also involved with the Lutheran Church Extension Fund Program, traveling throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. In 1986, they moved to California where LeRoy served as executive director of LBW. Following his retirement as executive director he continued as an LBW Ambassador for nine years before he and Marjorie moved back to Louisiana, settling in Zachary.
LeRoy always had a friendly smile and loved people, making lasting friendships wherever he went. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid reader of World War II history. His love of gardening produced bountiful vegetables which he enjoyed sharing with friends and neighbors.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton. He and our mother gave us the foundation of our faith and family, which will be seen for generations to come. He truly lived what Jesus taught; serving God and others was the principal focus of his life. He sowed the seeds of God’s love as deeply as he planted vegetable seeds in his many gardens.
LeRoy is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Marjorie; a brother, John Roland Delafosse; his daughters, Rebecca Harrington, Jodie Sell and Carolyn (Larry) Bellard; and several nieces and nephews. He was also Paw Paw to five grandchildren and their spouses; and nine great-grandchildren.
His life has given glory to our Triune God here on earth and will forevermore in Heaven! He will be greatly missed by many friends and especially by his family. The family gives many thanks to Bridgeway Hospice and Home Instead caregivers for their loving service to mom and dad.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Homecoming will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 10925 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed by Lutheran Braille Workers, P.O. Box 5000, Yucaipa, CA 92399, or a charity of your choice.
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