Opelousas –Funeral services for Donald Lee Andrus will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, in the Skip Montet Memorial Chapel of Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. Reverend Fr. Gary Schexnayder will officiate the services. Rite of Committal and interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Port Barre.
Donald was a native of Opelousas and a longtime resident of Port Barre. He passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Senior Village Nursing Home in Opelousas surrounded by his family at the age of 84.
He was a well-known barber for over 55 years where he owned and operated his shop until his retirement. He cut hair for many years and was always taking care of his customers even by going to the hospitals, nursing homes, and funeral homes.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran who proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Post 334 of Port Barre, VFW Post 8678 of Port Barre, and the Reed Davis Memorial Funeral Honor Guard. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Port Barre for many years and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3496 of Port Barre.
Some of his favorite pastime activities are playing his guitar and mandolin, spending time outdoors fishing, doing woodworking, and cooking many meals for his family and friends, especially his popular fish gravy. He was an outstanding gentleman, who was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Wally Olivier Andrus of Port Barre; son, Mark Glen Andrus of Port Barre; daughters, Valerie Andrus of Lafayette; and Julie Mliczek and husband, Dion of Lafayette; brother, Curtis J. Andrus and wife, Tomi of Lafayette; six grandchildren, Kala Andrus, Jared Andrus, Seth Andrus, Blair Broussard, Jordan Broussard, and Ty Broussard; and one great-granddaughter, Aubrie Hebert.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Andrus, Sr. and Adena "Jenny" Bazar Andrus; brothers, Wilbur Andrus, Willie Andrus, Phillip "Pat" Andrus, Leon Andrus, Walter Andrus, Jr., Jack Andrus, and Floyd Andrus; and sister, Lois Bernard.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018, in the Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. A Rosary service will be held at 1:30 p.m. followed by the Veterans Farewell Salute and the Eulogy.
Pallbearers will be Jared Andrus, Seth Andrus, Jordan Broussard, Ty Broussard, Dion Mliczek and Shawn Elder. Honorary pallbearers will be J. C. Richard, Larry Ryder, and Joe Hidalgo.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Donald's memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the Parkinson's Foundation, or to a charity of your choice.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the Senior Village Nursing Home staff, nurses, and CNAs for their wonderful care given to Mr. Donald during the past three years.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA, 70570 (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
After cutting 4 generations—-my Dad, myself, my son, and my grandson, making us look handsome, and giving us great wisdom over so many conversations over so many years—-we appreciate you and will miss you, Donald.
P. S. When you get to Heaven, tell my Dad “Hi”, and please give him a much-needed trim.... Love you and your family.
My sympathy, Karl Bourque
Karl BourquePort Barre, LA
I'll never forget the time Mr. Donald took me fishing in the Atchafalaya River when I was a youth. He was a very nice man. Rest in peace, Mr. Donald.
James ChampagneLAKE CHARLES, LA
Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies, condolences and prayers go out to Wally, Valerie, Julie Family and friends. Don was a stationary rock of Port Barre where you could go to get your hair cut and engage in enjoyable conservation especially in the area of fishing as that was one of his favorite pastimes.
Charles & Emma DanielsPort Barre, LA
My deepest sympathies to all of the family. He was such a kind and gentle man.
Geraldine SoileauOpelousas, LA
My condolences on the loss of your father.
Brenda RichardBella Vista, AR
Wally and family, We were saddened to hear of Donald’s passing. Please know our prayers are with you all.
Billy and Jane DeanBaton Rouge, LA
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are going to miss Uncle Donald.
Wayne AndrusPanama City Beach, FL
" 'Well done, good and faithful servant! . . . Come and share your master's happiness.' "
Matthew 25:21 NIV
Michael K. Saucier, and familyChurch Point, LA
Donald has been my barber and friend since he hit Port Barre, LA. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies, condolences and prayers go out to family and friends. RIP Donald.
Donald L. WybleOpelousas, LA
Our deepest sympathies and condolences Mrs Wally, Valerie and Julie and entire family. What a fine man he was . HUGS and prayers for you all.....Love you all.
Glenda Stelly Moreau & Larry MoreauOpelousas, LA
May Donald now rest in the peace of Christ. He was always such a nice man, & we share many memories of My dad, Vernon, & our son, Kenny getting haircuts by Donald. Wally, & family, you all have our sincere condolences and prayers.
Vernon & Audrey PastorickGreenwell Springs, La., LA
My sincere condolences to the family and friends. RIP Donald.
Chuck WyblePorter, TX
We were so saddened to learn that Donald passed away shortly after Ms. Effie. Please know that you are in our hearts. May God be with you at this time of mourning. Please let us know if we can be of any help.
Whitney & Carolyn CropperPort Barre, LA
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Janice StellyOpelousas, LA