Gilbert Monceaux celebrates his 90th birthday with family
CROWLEY - Gilbert Monceaux was born December 27, 1920 to Marvius and Adana Monceaux. He was born and raised in Vermilion Parish and since 1945, he has lived in Crowley.
He was joined by his family on Friday September 16, for a birthday party in his honor. Family members gathered at Fezzo’s in Crowley for the belated celebration.
Gilbert joined the navy and was a V6 rank Coxon from 1942-1945.
He then married the late Lona Mae Leblanc Monceaux in 1946 and was married for 61 years. In 1948 they had their first child, Ronald, followed by Ray, Glen and Patrick Monceaux.
He worked as manager for Louis Lumber Yard for 18 years and then he opened Monceaux’s Plumbing in the ‘70s. Next, Gilbert became a professional carpenter.
He retired at 62 but continued to work until the age of 75. He is currently an active member of the American Legion, and has been for 30 years. Also, for 20 years, Gilbert has been a member of the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) where he is presently on the home board and was commander at one time.
He has been a member of the Council on Aging for three years and presently, as a board member. In fact, Gilbert is so involved in the Council on Aging, he won Mardi Gras King in both 2010 and 2011.
Gilbert has been part of a bowling team for 35 years, but had to stop bowling due to health concerns.
“But, I would still be bowling if I could,” said Gilbert.
He enjoys long rides in his truck, feeding the fish in his pond, fishing and crawfishing.
Gilbert is fond of his two daughters-in-laws, Debi Monceaux and Lisa Monceaux. He loves his six granddaughters. They are Tiffany Cradeur, Hannah Monceaux, Ashley Monceaux, Chasity Romero, Sophia Romero and Brooklyn Monceaux. He also has three great granddaughters. They are Paige Monceaux, Emma Cradeur and Haylie Kibodeaux. Additionally, Gilbert has one great grandson named Hylan Laviolette.