From staff and wire reports - Jan 17, 2008
John Clarence ‘Lut' Becnel passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 in Metairie, LA at the age of 85.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice ‘Sis' Lehmann Becnel; one son and daughter-in-law, James Craig Becnel and Catherine Ory Becnel; two daughters and one son-in-law Beatrice Chris Pratt and Douglas Anthony Pratt and Kit Anne Becnel; two brothers, Joseph Sydney Becnel, Jr. and Peter Harry Becnel; three sisters, Grace Marie Keller, Theresa Marie Weber, and Mary Ann Braud; four grandchildren, Celeste Ann Bourdonnay, Bridget Catherine Lee, Jared James Becnel, and Chea Michelle Matherne; two great grandchildren Hanna Rene' Bourdonnay and Caleb Anthony Lee. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Syndey Becnel, Sr. and Marie Bossier Becnel; two sisters; and three brothers.
A graduate of Destrehan High School and Delgado Community College. A U.S. Airforce Veteran of WWII, a Sergeant of 737H. Air Material Squadron, 9th-Air Force. His tour bringing him through Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He received the ATO Medal, EAMETO Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and WWII Victory Medal. A Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus St. Charles Parish Council, former Fire Chief of St. Charles Parish, Community volunteer, retired employee of Shell Oil Refinery with 42 .5 yrs of service, a member of Bayou Campers from 1972-2007, and a loving father and devoted husband.
Visitation was on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Norco, LA from 9:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Entombment followed in St. Charles Borromeo Mausoleum, Destrehan, LA. H.C. Alexander Funeral Home of Norco in charge of arrangements.
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