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DAVID PAUL ROUSSEL

August 8, 1951 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

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David Paul Roussel came into this world as a feisty, joy-filled baby boy on August 8, 1951, and departed in true U.S. Marine Corps fashion, brave and strong, until the end of his battle on January 31, 2024. Those dates will always mean something special for our family, but it was the life he led between those dates that have touched the lives of so many in such a positive, loving way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy J. Roussel Sr., and Grace F. Roussel; his paternal grandparents, Jean P., and Cecile Roussel; and his maternal grandparents, Wilfred, and Mae Forsythe.

David is survived by his only son, Jeremy David Roussel (Ginna), a son he adored and cherished. The two were much more than just father and son. They were best friends, as well as fishing and hunting buddies. David was also blessed with his beautiful grandson, Knox Roussel. Knox brought both joy and pride to David’s role as “Pappy.” He is also survived by his brother, Leroy J. Roussel Jr. (Judy); his two sisters, Patricia R. Hale (late; Ricky Hale), and Tammie R. Puyau (Ed). David and his two sisters jokingly referred to themselves as “The 3 Musketeers,” counting on their bond of love and friendship throughout their lives. Lovingly known as “Uncle Dave,” his nieces and nephews will miss his funny, unfiltered, sense of humor.

After high school, David enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. His military years brought him on an eighteen-month deployment throughout the Mediterranean, where he spent weeks on the islands of Corfu, Santorini, and Athens. He also spent weeks in ports along Portugal, Spain, and Italy’s coast. The last years in the Marines brought him to the oldest active Marine Corps post, the “8th and I” in Washington, D.C., where he served as an escort to veterans being laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery.

David worked as a brakeman for Texas Pacific Railroad. He eventually went into business for himself, as a builder and contractor. He was the owner/operator of D.P. Roussel Builders. He spent decades of his life “not working.” As he used to say, “If you love what you do for a living, it’s like ‘not working.’” The last three years of his life, he and his sister dabbled in house flipping, naming their company, “Grace’s Investors,” in honor of their mom.

His love for hunting and fishing, where he spent much of his time in the great outdoors, led him to become an avid sportsman. That love for hunting and fishing was known by all whom he met. He owned camps down in Venice and spent as much time as he could with all his hunting and fishing “padnas.”

David’s friendship groups were all started decades ago, and many groups overlapped. There were the bowling/card playing group, the hunting/fishing group, the Krewe of Thoth group, and the building/tradesman group. He cherished his friendships with all of them.

Jeff Rousset, Lucas Breaux, Mark Allain (“Coon,”) and Sheri Borgstede (“Suga”); who he lovingly referred to as his “Lady Friend,” … you’ll never know how much ya’ll meant to him.

The family sends their sincere appreciation to Dr. Ellen Zakris, David’s oncologist/radiologist and his entire team of doctors and nurses at the VA Clinic. David could not brag enough about the wonderful care he received through the New Orleans VA Medical Center.

Relatives and family are invited to attend David’s funeral services on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Dirive, Metairie, Louisiana 70001. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM, with a Mass to follow for 12 PM. Following the services, David wanted us to invite everyone to attend his “KICK-ASS Funeral Party!” 300 N. Meadow St. Metairie, Louisiana 70003.

THE FAMILY IS ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO WEAR CAMOFLAUGE, MARDI GRAS, OR SPORTS ATTIRE, INSTEAD OF THE TRADITIONAL BLACK MOURNING ATTIRE, TO BOTH, THE FUNERAL HOME, AS WELL AS THE KICK-ASS FUNERAL PARTY!!!

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in David’s Memory to the Non-Profit organization, BeYOUtifully Autistic, which was inspired by his Grandson Knox. To donate: click on the link below.

https://venmo.com/u/beYOU17



 

 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
February 10, 2024

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Garden of Memories Funeral Home
4900 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70001

Service
Saturday
February 10, 2024

12:00 PM
Garden of Memories Funeral Home
4900 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70001

Cemetery

Garden of Memories Funeral Home and Cemetery
4900 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70001

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