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Ronald Paul Durand, Sr.

February 12, 1932 ~ July 22, 2019 (age 87)

Funeral Mass for Ronald Paul Durand, Sr. of Mansura will begin at 11:00am on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church of Mansura with Fr. Irion St. Romain officiating. Entombment & military honors will be held St. Paul’s Catholic Mausoleum.  

Ronald Durand, Sr., age 87, passed away on Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at the Hessmer Nursing Home. Mr. Ronald served honorably in the United States Air Force from December 12, 1951 until November 26, 1955. He was the owner & proprietor of Durand’s Food Store for almost 60 years, was a faithful servant to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, the Town of Mansura, and the surrounding communities.  

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Alicia Durand Laborde (Paul), Ronnie Durand, Jr. (Sonya), Caroline “Tookie” Durand Escude’ (David), and Amelia Durand (Steven White); ten grandchildren, Renee Laborde Suire (Daniel), Adam Laborde (Melanie), Matthew Laborde, Kelly Michel (Heath), Averie Rachal (Clark), Ellen Durand, William Durand, Erik Durand, Christina Thornton, Theresa Robert (Jacques); eleven great-grandchildren, Alex, Caroline, and Lillian Laborde, Evan and Aaron Michel, William and Hannah Thornton, Elise, Lucy, Landry, and Jacques Robert.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Gauthier Durand; son, Leon “T-Jacques” Durand, II; parents, Leon Jacques and Irma Scallan Durand; siblings, Josephine Ory, Zeline “Dee-Dee” Prevot, Julius Durand, William Durand, Bruno Durand, and Julie Descant.

Visitation will begin at 5:00pm to 10:00pm on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 and will resume on Thursday at 8:00am at the Escude Funeral Home of Mansura. Rosary prayer service will begin at 7pm on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 at Escude Funeral Home.

Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at

Escude Funeral Home of Mansura, 6608 Porterie St. Mansura, LA 71350 (318-964-2324) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.


Donations may be made to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Wounded Warrior Project
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Tel: 1-877-832-6997

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