Joseph (Joe) Bearb

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Iota , Louisiana for Joseph (Joe) Bearb , 85 who died June 15, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Camelot Nursing Home in Broussard, Louisiana.

Fr. Mikel Polson, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, will officiate for the services. The family requests visiting hours Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. A rosary will be recited Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Mr. Bearb is survived by his loving children; Norma “Candy” Crochet Kidder of Youngsville, La.; Craig Joseph Bearb of Austin, Texas; and Roger M. J. Crochet of Thibodeau, La. ; Grandson, Ethan T. Bearb of Austin, Texas; Granddaughters, Stacie Ann Cortez Guidry and husband Troy of Cypress, Texas; Tracie Lynn Cortez Ross and husband Don of Cypress, Texas; and Tricia R. Crochet Wise and Husband Rick of New Braunfels, Tx.; and his Cherished Great-Grandchildren of Madison and Peyton Guidry; Braden and Triplets: Ava , Emma and Ian Ross and (The Boys) Alexander, Timothy and Samuel Wise; Brothers, Napoleon (Nap) Beard ; Levi Beard and his wife Rose of Rayne.

Mr. Bearb was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years Lillie Miller Bearb on March 25, 2009; his parents Valsin and Helena Hebert Bearb of Rayne, Louisiana; two infant grandchildren, Tammy Lynn Crochet and Ryan Anthony Crochet; one sister, Angela Broussard and four Sister in Laws; Mrs. Napoleon (Betty) Beard; Mrs. Levi (Eunice) Beard; Tiara Jane Miller, Mrs. U.L. (Joyce) Miller; and four Brother in Laws; Henry Miller, Edward “Red” Miller; William “Ta-Tee” Miller and Willard Miller.

Joseph was born in Rayne, Louisiana on 12-1-1925. He was a member of Holy Cross Parish for over 40 years, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend.

Mr. Bearb joined the National Guard of Louisiana following through into the United States Army as with many others during World War II. He returned home for a mere 16 months and was reactivated for the Korean Conflict.

Growing up we always knew about our Dad/Poppa Joe’s PURPLE HEART. Not until I, his daughter accompanied him to the Veterans Administration (at his age of 83) did I find out who our Poppa Joe truly was! Our father was a BRONZE STAR RECIPIENT. A Very Proud, private and humble person, when questioned by the Veteran taking the application, he simply responded, “You do what you have to do”.

He was very proud of his Service to his Country and proud of America. When 9/11 happened he bought a sticker of the American Flag with these words “These colors don’t run” for he was again ready to defend this Country Again. One of his proudest moments in his life was his ability to travel to Washington, DC aboard Louisiana Honor Air with his son, Roger Crochet, Vietnam veteran-US Navy and his grandson-in-law, Troy Guidry, Desert Storm veteran-Louisiana National Guard.

A passionate supporter of Veterans especially Disabled American Veterans he was extremely proud of all the young men and women of the military and didn’t hesitate to acknowledge and Thank them for their service whenever he saw one.

He will be greatly missed by all who have ever had the opportunity of getting to know him as part of their lives.

We were three siblings, and He was such a Great Man and Dad that the two of us that were not of his blood, didn’t know we weren’t! How Blessed were we.

Special Thanks to a Loving God Child Dorothy Royer and husband Rufus (Blackie) for the many years of fish fry’s, Bar Be Que and in his final years the Extra loving Care, Concern and Prayers.

Special Thanks to Camelot Nurses, CNA’s and Hospice, their kindness, care and concern cannot be measured.

The family request memorial contributions be made to, Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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Arrangement have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Home, 509 Duson Ave. Iota, La. 337-779-2669

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