Funeral services for Mr. Joseph “Joe” Baque Jr., 78, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Landry Catholic Church here with burial in St. Landry Mausoleum.
The Rev. Gene Tremie will conduct the services.
Mr. Baque, a resident of Opelousas, died at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, 2001, at his residence. He retired from Sun Oil Co. with 38 years of service. Mr. Baque was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marines and was in the Pacific Theater where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart Medal.
He was a member of the Marine Corps Raider Association and served as Sergeant-at-Arms of that group for many years. Mr. Baque was a member and past officer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2483 in Opelousas, a member of the American Legion and a member and past president of Hope, Hook and Ladder Volunteer Fire Company and a member and Sergeant-at-Arms of the Louisiana State Firemen’s Association.
Survivors include his wife, Therese Cahanin Baque of Opelousas; a daughter, Sally Baque of Tacoma, Wash.; two sons, Joseph Baque, III and his wife Alma of Houston, Texas, and Michael Baque and his wife Martha of Hamshire, Texas; two brothers, Harold Baque and Billy Bob Baque, both of Opelousas; two sisters, Verna Mae Carron and Doris Goudeau, both of Opelousas; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Baque was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Baque, Sr. and the former Anna Adele Dupuis; two brothers, Glaston and Charles Baque; and a sister, Adele Guilbeau.
Donations in the memory of Mr. Baque may be made to Hospice of St. Landry, Hope, Hook and Ladder Fire Co. or the Marine Corp Raider Association.
Visiting hours will be observed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. Saturday until time of services. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m.
Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home on North Main Street is in charge of arrangements.