LAKE ARTHUR- Funeral services for Mr. Cheris J. Trahan, 83, were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2008 in Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church with the Reverend Clyde Thomas officiating.
Mr. Trahan was born January 15, 1925 in Morse, La. and passed away January 16, 2008 at his residence in Lafayette.
Mr. Trahan married Gene Marceaux February 26, 1946. Cheris worked for Gulf States for 18 years then moved to Lafayette to open a convenience store and to go into business for himself.
He was a native of Morse and a resident of Lafayette for 40 years since moving there from Lake Arthur.
Mr. Trahan was known to his family as their beloved “Pa”. Mr. Trahan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was the care-giver for all the family, always patient, understanding and kind to others. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Mr. Trahan was a Lake Arthur High School graduate, Class of 1942.
Mr. Trahan served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Seaman First Class. He was the recipient of the American Theatre Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon-1 star and the Victory Ribbon. He was a member of the VFW in Lafayette and a member of the Jean LaFitte Pirates RV Club from 1994 to 2008. Mr. Trahan loved smoking cigars, fishing, playing with his grandchildren, great grandchildren, gardening, camping and working in his yard.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Maria Olivier, our own family Hospice nurse; Carrie Gaudin and Ms. Rose from hospice; all his caregivers, and friends who stood by him until the end.
The family gives thanks to Louisiana Honor Air for the trip to Washington in October 2007. He was happy to have gone on this wonderful trip and was so appreciative for the time and effort given by the volunteers.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please make donations to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnson St., Suite 200, Lafayette, LA 70503.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Genevieve Marceaux Trahan of Lafayette; one daughter, Mrs. Bobby Lane (Mary Yvonne) Green of Lafayette, and their children, Joel Lane Green and Joleah Nicole Green; one son, Dickie Charles Trahan and wife, Emma Jean, of Lake Arthur and their children, Kevin Trahan and his wife, LeDawn, and their children Danielle and Tristan, Mrs. Joe (Shannon) Olivier and their children Gabriel, Jessi, and Emily, Jessica Trahan, Justin Trahan and his son, Dylan Strahan; three sisters, Helen Hossier of Irving, Texas, Dorothy Gaspard of Lake Arthur, and Dean Trahan of Jennings.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Doralis Royer Trahan; one sister, Evelyn LaPoint; and one brother, Dale Trahan.
Pallbearers were Bobby Lane Green, Joel Lane Green, Joseph Reagan Olivier, Justin Lucas Trahan, Kevin Tate Trahan, and Norman LaPoint.
Honorary pallbearer was Jimmy Rogers.
Burial with Military Graveside Honors were in the Andrus Cove Cemetery under the direction of Miguez Funeral Home of Lake Arthur.