Fr. Gary Schexnayder, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church will be officiating for the services. The family is requesting visiting hours to be held Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to the time of service. A Rosary will be led by Sister Justina Baker at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. A second Rosary at 7 p.m. will be led by the men of the Knights of Columbus. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Jim was born October 23, 1931 in Bordelonville in Avoyelles Parish the youngest of nine children to Wickliffe Juneau and Mary Alice Laborde.
Following his graduation from Bordelonville High School and work on the family farm, Jim enlisted in the United States Army in 1951 where he served as a Missile Artilleryman. In addition to assignments at Fort Bliss, Texas, White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico, and the missile site at China Lake, California, Jim served a special assignment to RCA Victor Company in Camden, New Jersey as part of a team developing new missile fire control systems. In May of 1953, Jim had the unique opportunity to witness one of several nuclear weapons test at French-Man Flat, Nevada, known as “Shot Grable.” He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1954.
Following his separation from the Army, Jim joined General Mills Inc. He worked for General Mills in grocery products sales until 1961, when he opened his own insurance agency. As a self-employed Insurance Agent, Jim served as President of the Acadiana Association of Life Underwriters representing seven local parishes, and served on the Louisiana State Board for the Life Underwriters. In recognition of his service to his industry, he was named the association’s ‘Man of the Year’ in 1976.
A long serving member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Crowley, Jim was for six years a Counsel Member of the Parish Executive Committee. He was two years the Southwest Deanery Chairman and subsequently Deanery Chairman for Bishops Service Appeal. Under the direction of then Father Bob Sibille, Jim directed the training of Commentators and Lectors when their use was first introduced into the Church. As well and for more than five years, he taught Marriage and Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes for the Church.
Outside the Church and the Insurance industry, Jim was Chairman for Disaster Planning for the American Red Cross in Acadia Parish. His work with the American Red Cross also included Board Member for the state of Louisiana. Active in local Boy Scouts of America programs, Jim worked with other Scout leaders to upgrade and where needed add local facilities for Scout activities.
Jim’s earlier associations and recognition of note include,
French language news-reader for local radio station KSIG. Member of the Knights of Columbus and past Grant Knight. Named “Knight of the Year” in 1971. Member and past President of the Crowley Kiwanis Club and a life member of Kiwanis International during which he formed the Key Club of Notre Dame High School and the Circle K Club at LSU-E, Eunice. Kiwanis ‘Man of the Year’ on three separate occasions and recognized for special meritorious service for all years from 1962 through 1978. Lt. Governor of the Louisiana Mississippi-W. Tennessee District of Kiwanis and was instrumental in the formation of the first African American Kiwanis Club in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Board Member of the Crowley Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the International Rice Festival, and Board Member of the Bicentennial Commission. Life member of American Legion. Numerous Committee Memberships at Notre Dame High School and St. Michael Elementary. PTA president. Served on fund drives to raise money to build Sister’s Home, St. Michael Rectory, church renovation and St. Michael Elementary. Founded “Friends of American Legion Hospital,” and led fund raising efforts resulting in $50,000 for the then newly built hospital.
Jim is survived by two sons, Brad Joseph Juneau and his wife, Erin of Leesburg, Virginia, Leonard Thomas Juneau and his wife, Melody of Cummings, Georgia; two daughters, Lynn Juneau Ladwig and her husband, Edward of Reisterstown, Maryland, Michelle Juneau Ruiz and her husband, Patrick of Hoschton, Georgia; ten grandchildren, Morgan Alisha Juneau-Ruiz, Mallary Elizabeth Juneau-Ruiz, Erikson Jon Ladwig, Katherine Afton Juneau, Emma Joycelyn Juneau, Will Hurren Juneau, Jacob Walker Juneau, Sarah Elizabeth Juneau, Cecille Rene’ Juneau and Beau Hurren Juneau; sister Eola Chatelain of Bordelonville.
Mr. Juneau is preceded in death by his wife Joycelyn “Jo” Juneau, his parents, Wickliffe and Mary Alice Juneau, son James Byron Juneau, II and his wife Debra Istre Juneau, seven brothers and sisters.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc. of Crowley and friends may express their condolences at www.geesey-ferguson.com