Bruce Wayne Desselle, age 70, passed away on Friday January 4th, 2019 at The Carpenter House in Lafayette at 7:45am. He succumbed to cancer surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 25th, 1948 to Raymond James Desselle and Etta Rita ”Tatoo” Armand Desselle in Avoyelles Parish, the oldest of four children.
Bruce worked in the oilfield in various positions for 48 years. He served in the Army in Vietnam. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal for his service. He was a member of the American Legion for many years.
Bruce loved to spend time with his family and friends enjoying such things as hunting, fishing, camping, and visiting the casinos, where winning was not as important as sharing time with those that he loved. He had a passion for his Cajun culture, spoke Cajun French fluently every chance he got, and loved to play the drums and dance; even doing so in his last weeks of life.
Bruce Desselle was definitely a man of passion. He loved others every bit as much as others loved him. He was one of those rare individuals to whom everyone flocked for advice, camaraderie, and fun. He was as generous with his time as he was with his desire to help people in any way that he could. He was a man of honor and courage, who will be missed by many, and forgotten by none.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Ted Allen Desselle.
Bruce is survived by his five children; Wendi Desselle Breaux and her husband Byron Breaux, Nicole Desselle, and John Desselle all from Lafayette, LA; Angelle Desselle-Smith and her husband Brett Smith of Little Rock, AR; and Danielle Desselle of Kerrville, TX. He also left behind twelve grandchildren, Harley and Taylor Desselle; Jasper, Tristan, and Jayden Nugier; Logan Desselle; Brennon and Aralynn Breaux; Hannah, Ezekiel, and Eliana Smith; and Chevelle Fruge’. His two sisters; Pamela Lemoine and her husband Michael Lemoine of Baton Rouge, LA; and Vickie Dufour and her husband Raymond Dufour of Moreauville, LA.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at St. Peters' Catholic Church Hall in Bordelonville, LA. Visitation will be from 8:00-11:00 am & funeral mass will be at 11:00 am.
There was never a dull moment between us when he visited me. I was blessed to have known him and thanked him before and now, for his service to our Country not only in the military, but to those he served in his community with compassion.
Dr. Gary RubensteinAlexandria, LA
Wished I could have been there this weekend also, he will be missed dearly but the Desselle family is strong and will persevere
Michael DesselleFranklin, TX
My deepest sympathy to the family
Bonnie SchluterZachary, LA
Prayers going out to family. We didn't get to know Bruce but he was a good friend and lots of fun to be around. We miss him. A good friend.
Jimmy Don and BarbaraHickory Ridge, AR
Our deepest sympathies to the family.
Jimmy & Carol LabordeBordelonville,, LA
We have very fond memories of Bruce . Always enjoyed his gumbo , (well not the squirrel one.) We’ve been deep frying the turkey the Cajun way every Christmas since Bruce taught us how. Condolences to you all. Much love Gill, Chris ,Stephanie and Nicola.
Gillian And Chris HillHouston, TX
Wendi your dad sounds like a beautiful person I’m so sorry you and your family are going thru this time. My prayers are with you all
Heather RomeroYoungsville, LA
So sorry for y'all loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He was a great friend. Always had a joke. R. I. P. Bruce until we meet again friend
Elaine GauthierOcean Springs, MS
Love and miss you brother. You left a mark on my life no one could ever remove, nor would I want it removed. Rest In Peace.
Skipper CombLoreauville, LA