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Howard Joseph Deculus

September 3, 1947 — July 16, 2023

 

Mamou – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Howard Joseph Deculus on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at 2:00 PM at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Mamou, Louisiana conducted by Father Billy Massie.  Burial will follow in the New St. Ann’s Cemetery.  Howard passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at his home.

Howard was born on September 3, 1947, in Mamou to the late Ashton Deculus Sr. and Ester Gradney Deculus. After graduating high school, he married the love of his life, Janice Patin. Howard began working on the family farm at an early age and continued to farm rice, beans, milo, and crawfish until 1995 before retiring.  Upon retiring he figured out he didn’t have very many hobbies besides working and decided to go to work as a Security Guard for Grand Casino Coushatta where he worked an additional 21 years.  He also worked part-time for Farmers’ Gas on his days off from the casino. Howard’s family lovingly remembers him as someone who was always working and when he was not working, he was thinking about work that needed to be done. He took great pride in having a well-maintained yard. Once Howard was no longer able to perform the task required to maintain a well-kept home and yard, he would supervise from inside the house watching things getting done through the screen door. He took up rose gardening in his later years and found a new passion. In the evenings Howard enjoyed sipping his Canadian Mist from his favorite coffee mug.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Patin Deculus of Mamou, LA; son, Scott Deculus and wife, Valerie of Kinder, LA; daughter, Kelly Deculus Darbonne of Mamou, LA; granddaughter, Chelsea Deculus of Kinder, LA; grandsons, Jared Darbonne, Jadon Darbonne, Jacob Darbonne and Jordan Darbonne of Mamou, LA ; and brother, Herman Deculus of Brusly, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ashton Sr. and Ester Deculus; granddaughter, Erin Deculus, son-in-law, Kelly Wayne Darbonne; brothers, Horace Deculus, Elie Deculus, Antoina Deculus, Louis Deculus Sr., and Ashton Deculus, Jr.; and sisters, Hazel Espree, Edna Lachappelle, and Marjis Allen.

At the request of the family, visitation be held on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Eunice beginning at 9:00 AM until 12:45 PM. A rosary will be recited by Deacon Gary Gaudin at 12:45 PM.

Family and friends may leave their condolences at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com

Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Mamou is in charge of arrangements.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

9:00am - 12:45 pm (Central time)

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

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Mass

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

St Ann Catholic Church

716 Sixth St, Mamou, LA 70554

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Burial

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

3:15 - 4:15 pm (Central time)

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