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From staff and wire reports -   Jun 06, 2013


Victor J DeHarde, 90, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, World War II veteran and former business owner, passed away on Sunday, May 12.

Beloved husband for 64 years of Madeline Blanchard DeHarde. Wonderful father of Deborah Cooney (Michael), Diane Robert (Neil), and Darlene Paul (Elton). Mr. DeHarde was preceded in death by his parents John G. DeHarde Sr. and Caroline Fetter DeHarde, brothers John G. DeHarde Jr., Clinton F. DeHarde, Herbert DeHarde and Marylee D. Giovanna. Also preceded in death by his son-in-law Leon Paul Vial. Survived by grandchildren Lee and Leslie Vial, Catherine C. Primeaux, lan and Cortney Robert, Renee’ Harrington and Victoria Hebert. Great-grandfather of Lee and Michael Vial, Luke, Lane and Leah Kate Harrington.

A native of New Orleans and resident of Luling for 57 years. Vic was a member of the 20th Tactical Recognizance Squadron of the Army Air Corps, stationed in China, Burma, and India during World War II. He was one of the four fine sons of John G. DeHarde serving in World War II at the same time. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2409 for 55 years, the VFW, American Legion and a 65-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He and his wife owned and operated the Western Auto Store in Luling for 25 years, and he later was a bus driver and worked for the St. Charles Parish School Board. He was instrumental in beginning the Bus Maintenance Department.

He will be greatly missed as the patriarch of his family. Relatives and friends were invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Rev. John Finn from Holy Family Catholic Church in Luling, on May 15. Interment followed in St. Charles Cemetery.

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