Wilbert Lee Duplantis
LAKE ARTHUR – Wilbert Lee “B.B.” Duplantis, 83, of Lake Arthur, died on Sunday, June 1, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Arthur on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. with Msgr. Ronald Groth officiating. Burial will be in Andrus Cove Cemetery, where Mr. Wilbert will be honored with full military rites.
The Duplantis family requests visitation be held at Matthews and Son Funeral Home today, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. A rosary will be recited today, Tuesday, at 6 p.m. Visitation will resume on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 8 a.m. until the time of his funeral Mass at 1 p.m.
Wilbert Lee was born in Lake Arthur to the late Whitney Duplantis and the late Bertha Castille Duplantis on April 9, 1931. He served his Country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
Mr. B.B was presented an Award of Valor from Superior Oil Company; the Meritorious Safety Award from the American Petroleum Institute; the Certificate of Merit from the National Red Cross signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson for saving a man’s life on May 2, 1967; and he was named Father of the Year in June of 2006 by Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
He was a wildlife artist with a special gift for making the traditional Cajun cane calls, with his collection of brass rings off of antique shotgun shells. He made cypress piroques and duck decoys out of tupelo wood. He was featured in Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Lagniappe, Lake Charles American Press, Louisiana Duck Calls by Darren Fontenot, Grey’s Hunting Journal, The Outdoor Channel and most recently the Jennings Daily News.
Mr. “B.B.” leaves behind his beloved family, his two sons, Michael (Debi) Duplantis of Lake Arthur and Whitney (Pam) Duplantis, also of Lake Arthur; his four daughters, Pamela (Billy) Benoit of Lacassine, Christina (Keith) Boudreaux of Iowa, Julie King and her companion, Johnny Richard, of Port Barre, and Cathy (Charles) Hensgens of Crowley; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren, with three on the way – of the three is a set of twins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Whitney and Bertha Castille Duplantis; his beloved wife, Jane Duplantis; and two infant grandsons, Christian Duplantis and John Michael Hensgens.
Carrying Mr. Wilbert to his eternal resting place will be Jude Benoit, John Paul Duplantis, Jeremy Boudreaux, Ryan King, Ben Duplantis and Trent Duplantis. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Duplantis and Griffin Benoit.
To extend online condolences, please visit www.matthewsandsonfuneralhome.net.
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