Local Pearl Harbor survivor passes away

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CROWLEY, La. (KLFY)- William Charles “Bill” Puissegur was 19 years old when he joined the U.S. Navy. While serving on the U.S.S. Maryland in Pearl Harbor, he and the crew came under attack by Japanese torpedo planes, killing four men men aboard.

 He went on the later serve aboard the U.S.S. Hobby and was involved in capturing the island of Iwo Jima and conflicts in the Philippines and Okinawa. 

According to his obituary, he often quoted with a chuckle that the reason for his safe return was “The Lord spared me because he knew that I was going to be the father of eight children.” 

The main reason he was in a rush to get home was a young woman, Antoinette, who would become his much-beloved wife.   

Puissegur passed away on Sunday at age 96.

Here’s the rest of his obituary:

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church for William Charles “Bill” Puissegur, 96, who peacefully passed away on May 27, 2018. 

Fr. Mikel Polson, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church will be officiating for the services.  The family is requesting visiting hours to be held Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm.  A rosary will be recited Friday at 11:00 am.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Mausoleum. 

Bill was born on April 21, 1922 in Rayne, LA to Paul A. Puissegur, Sr. and Corinne Emma Mouton of Rayne.  His grandfather, Dr. George Clinton Mouton practiced medicine in Rayne and played a leading role in the early development of Acadia Parish.  Bill graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in Rayne in 1940.  He was married to the love of his life, Antoinette Gossen for 67 years.  Some of their greatest memories include time spent with their children and then later traveling throughout the United States.

He is survived by his children, William Joseph Puissegur and his wife, Amanda of Baton Rouge, Michael James Puissegur and his wife Karen of Lafayette, Marie Elizabeth Puissegur Holmes of Lafayette, Steven Charles Puissegur and his wife Judy of Maxie, Patricia Ann Puissegur Heinen and her husband Paul of Lake Charles, Robert Paul Puissegur and his wife Michelle of Crowley, Rebecca Louise Puissegur Zierau of Houston, and Ramona Theresa Puissegur Cunningham of Shreveport; seventeen grandchildren, Katy Puissegur, Caleb Puissegur, Joshua LeMaire and his wife Erin, Jacob LeMaire, Kenny Holmes, Erick Puissegur, Jeremy Puissegur, Amanda Heinen, Scott Heinen and his wife Natalie, Elise Dearien and her husband Cody, Drew Puissegur and his wife Holly, Jordan Puissegur, Danielle LeMaire, Andreas Zierau, Nikolaus Zierau, Alexandra Cunningham, and Michael Cunningham; five great-grandchildren, Emma Kate Puissegur, Ty Conrad Heinen, Eva Grace Heinen, Avery Thomas Dearien, Olivia Jane Puissegur; and many very loved nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie Antoinette Gossen Puissegur, his parents, Paul A Puissegur, Sr. and Corrine Emma Mouton Puissegur; brothers, Paul Puissegur, Jr. and Anthony “Tony” Puissegur, and a grandchild, Brandy Marie LeMaire. 

Condolences may be sent to the family by www.geesey-ferguson.com 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home of Crowley. 

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