Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. in the Duhon Funeral Home Chapel in Church Point for Rufus Bourgeois, 91, who passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at his residence in Lafayette at 9:50 A.M.
Deacon Byrne Winn will be officiating for the services. Burial will be held in the St. John Chapel Cemetery in Lewisburg.
The family has requested the visitation to be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. until time of services all in the Duhon Funeral Home Chapel in Church Point. Rosary will be recited at 1:30 P.M. in the funeral home chapel.
Mr. Rufus was a long time resident of Lafayette. He didn’t hesitate to serve his country in the Korean War (1952-1954), He was honorably discharged from the Army in August 1960. He was a member of the American Legion of Branch, La and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars- Post 3106 of Leesville, LA.
Mr. Bourgeois went to work for Schlumberger Well Service in 1956 as a diesel mechanic for 35 years, retiring in 1991. He enjoyed being with family and friends, especially with his great-grandchildren, one in particular, Brantley Champagne, his “papoose”, who always kept him entertained and laughing. Rufus enjoyed spending lots of his retirement at his camp in Zwollie, La, setting out catfish lines.
Survivors include his wife of thirty-eight years and excellent caretaker, Lucy M. Bourgeois; one son, Michael Borque, Sr. and wife, Dixie of China TX; three daughters, Debra and husband, Larry Benoit of Erath, Dianne and husband, Wayne LeBlanc of New Iberia, Gale M. Bourgeois of New Iberia; two step-sons, Gene R. Grossie of Commerce City, CO, Vance “Tony” and wife, Carole Grossie of Penn Valley, CA; eight grandchildren, Rod and wife, Alice Viator, Randy and wife, Tanya Viator, Misty Kaye LeBlanc, Brock and wife, Natalie Kidder, Michael Borque, Jr., Kevin Borque, Sr. and wife, Mindi, Amanda Borque, and Michelle Borque,; two step-grandchildren, Gene Grossie and Tara Flynn; one brother, Jim and wife, Violet Bourgeois of Baton Rouge; three sisters, Gloria and husband, Joseph Bodi of Greenwells Springs, Lucille and husband, Bert Matt of Lawtell and Mary Helen Difraia of Marepas; one sister-in-law, Clara Bourgeois of Pineville; fourteen great-grandchildren, William, Breigh, Carter and Jonathan Viator, Brantley Champagne, Lanie Gautreaux, Wyatt, John Luke, and Lila Grace Kidder, Kaiden, Mallory, Kobi, Kinli, and Kevin Borque, Jr. and Rylan Flynn.
Mr. Bourgeois was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Avie Thibodeaux Bourgeois; two brothers, Ray and Armand Bourgeois; two sisters, Rosie B. Lalonde and Wilma B. Richard; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Lalonde and Tony Difraia; one sister-in-law, Jane Bourgeois.
Pallbearers for the service will be Brock Kidder, Neil Lalonde, Kenneth Patin, Phillip Duos, Arlen LeJeune. and David Melancon. Honorary Pallbearers for the service will be Michael Borque, Sr, Wayne P. LeBlanc, Larry Benoit, Gene R. Grossie, Jim Bourgeois, Vince Vonderheidi.
You may view the obituary, sign the guest registry and express condolences online to Mr. Bourgeois’ family at www.duhonfuneralhome.com.
Duhon Funeral Home, LLC, (337) 684-5552, 701 S. Broadway Street, Church Point, LA 70525 is in charge of the arrangements.