Official Website of the U.S. Marine Raider Association & Foundation

Select Page

Obituaries > COURCELLE, DAVID A.

David A. Courcelle, 89, of Cedar Rapids, passed away in his home on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, following an extended illness. Per Davids wishes, no services will be held. He will be inurned at a later date at Cedar Memorial Park Mausoleum. Arrangements entrusted to Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 68 years, Janetann; his daughter, Jodie A. Courcelle of Cedar Rapids; his grandchildren, Jeremy Courcelle, Jamie Cormier and husband Jonathan, Jillian Wenzel and Jonathan Wenzel, all of Cedar Rapids; and his great-grandchildren, Anikin and Jerdrick Courcelle, Luckie and Madison Cormier and Calla Marie and Camille Wenzel.

Also surviving are his brother, Ralph Courcelle and wife Camille of Albany, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and three sisters.

David Arthur Courcelle was born March 31, 1923, in Rutland, Vt., the son of Jerome and Mary E. (Rogers) Courcelle. He attended Mount Saint Josephs Academy in Rutland. David served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the elite 4th Marine Raider Bn. He participated in the capture and defense of Guadalcanal and the New Georgia Group Operation. After combat and hospital time, he was transferred to Washington D.C. He did guard duty at the U.S. Navy Department on Constitution Avenue. He received his medical discharge from the U.S. Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Md., in June 1945. While in Washington, he met Janetann Kallansrud, and they were married on Nov. 30, 1944, at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Albany, N.Y. David later worked for REA Railway Express/Air for 30 years, in various positions that included driver, clerk and depot agent. He was a member of the American Legion and St. Pius X Catholic Church. He watched many sports but especially delighted in watching Notre Dame and Iowa football. Above all, his greatest love was being with his entire family.

He will be greatly missed.