Chester Joseph Blanchard Sr.

Chester Joseph Blanchard Sr.

Chester Joseph Blanchard Sr. 78, died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 7:35 p.m. He was a native of Pierre Part and resident of Stephensville.
A visitation was held Monday, March 20, 2017, from 9 a.m. until service time at New Covenant Christian Church in Pierre Part. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. at the church with burial following at Saint Joseph the Worker Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Pipsair Blanchard; children, Carolyn (Michael) Guidry Sr., Stephensville, Chester (Robin Sedotal) Blanchard Jr., Stephensville, Charlotte (Brad) Ratcliff Sr., Stephensville, Carla (Lenny) Dartez, Morgan City, and Carl Blanchard Sr., Stephensville; grandchildren, Michael Guidry Jr., Brad Ratcliff Jr., Seth (Darby) Ratcliff, Ryan Ratcliff, Chelsea Blanchard, Anna Blanchard, Kristen Blanchard, Carl Blanchard Jr., Cindy Blanchard, Michele Blanchard and Brandon Gaudet; great-grandchildren, Madilynn, Parker, Cam, Trey and Kolsten; brother, Mervin (Lucy) Blanchard, Stephensville; sister, Joyce (Roy) Harrelson, Morgan City; and his companion, Speedy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Acline and Telesia McCarthy Blanchard; and brother, Perry Blanchard Sr.
Chester was a dedicated husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He fought every day to live his life to the fullest. Every morning when awakening, he would give thanks to God for being able to see another day.
In his younger days he was the singer and guitar player for his band, formerly known as “Chester and the Midnighters”. Throughout his life he was a commercial fisherman and then went to work for the Wildlife and Fisheries where he later retired from. After doing so, he and his brother Mervin continued crawfishing to be in the woods out in the Spillway, which they loved.
One of his favorite outings was to go to the casinos. He and his wife Mary would take trips to Mississippi and throughout Louisiana for weekends away of enjoyment at various casinos. Chester also had a passion and knowledge for working on any engine, especially the outboard engine. His last project was to get both his boats up and running for the family if they were to need them.
Chester Blanchard will be missed dearly by all whom had the chance to ever get to know him.
The family would like to thank Journey Hospice, especially Brooke Darnell and Janie Ortego; and the staff of Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center for their phenomenal care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial trust fund for the family at Iberia Bank, Morgan City Branch.
Arrangements are in the care of Ordoyne Funeral Home LLC.

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