Longtime Baton Rouge resident, Edward C. Capron, Jr., was born in New Orleans on Nov. 29, 1920, and died on June 4, 2014, at the age of 93. Ed was an Army
Sergeant and served with Headquarters Battery of the 73rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion of the 9th Armored ""Remagen"" Division and an EX- POW of World War II, captured at the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium, on Dec. 18, 1944, and imprisoned until April, 1945. All three combat commands of this division received Presidential Unit Citations and were invited to The White House to receive Certificates from President Eisenhower for the capture of the Remagen Bridge, which was instrumental in ending the war. Ed's other military citations included the POW Medal, Purple Heart
, European-Africa-Middle East Medal with three Bronze Stars
, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. He claimed he was not a hero; just a soldier fighting for his country. Upon returning home, Ed attended LSU and was an honor graduate in 1949, with a B.A. Degree in Business. In 2012, he was inducted into the LSU Hall of Honor. Also in that year, he received the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Founders Medal and Certificate of Patriotism as well as The Veteran of the Year Award presented to him by Governor Bobby Jindal. He was a guest speaker for civic and veterans organizations, school groups, and annually placed wreaths to honor fallen heroes. Ed was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars
, Disabled American Veterans, American EX-POW Red Stick Chapter, Cadets of the Ole War Skule and was a charter member of the National World War II Museum. He was a member of Broadmoor United Methodist Church for 55 years and served as a communion steward for 15 years. After college, his career was with IBM, Peat, Marwick & Mitchell Accounting Firm, and various insurance companies in management and management consulting positions. He received the Boss of the Year Award from the Cypress Chapter of the American Business Women's Association in 1975. His whole life was dedicated to serving all veterans of war and their families assisting them with getting their benefits due, medals well deserved, putting together army reunions, and helping locate other veterans or information for families regarding the death of their veteran loved ones. He wrote Congress and fought the Government for increased veteran benefits and was on the list in Washington, DC, as the Contact Man for his battalion for VA assistance. Ed was blessed with 71 years and 8 months of marriage to his beautiful surviving spouse, Willery Singletary Capron. Also surviving his passing is his son, Don R. Capron, Sr. and wife Jennifer; his daughter, Narlene Frausto and husband, Marco; his daughter, Charlene ""Charlie"" Cappo preceded in death by her husband, Frank; grandson, Don R. Capron, Jr. and wife Kerry; granddaughter Richelle Sims Pearson; step grandson Paul Rushing and wife Liz, step grandson Brandon ""Heith"" Rushing and wife Michelle; great granddaughters, Hayley Douglas and Katie Sue Capron; great grandsons Cade Anthony Capron and John Ransom ""Rantz"" Pearson, IV; one Capron niece, Pam Hijuelos and her husband, Frank; Cousin Gloria Henry better known as Dennis the Menace's mother in the television series; brother and sister in laws Paul Singletary and wife Muriel, Jim Singletary, Lowell Singletary and wife Mary Ann, Zula Dupuy, Kathleen Thompson and husband Clyde, numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews; wonderful longtime friends and neighbors. Ed was preceded in death by his father, Edward C. Capron, Sr. and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Vanderdose; brother Othmar R. Capron and his wife Wanna, sister-in-laws Molly Veda ""Bea"" Prince and husband Raymond, Shirley Singletary, Dot Singletary; brother-in-laws Russell Dupuy and Fuqua Singletary; two nieces and one nephew. The family wants to give special thanks to the staff of Clarity Hospice of Baton Rouge for their excellent service and care of Ed Capron in his final days. Also, in lieu of flowers, they request that you give a donation to the
. Visitation will be at Faithful United Methodist Church located at 14253 Hwy. 431 in St. Amant, LA, on Tuesday, June 10, from 5:00-9:00pm and continuing on Wednesday, June 11, from 10:00am until time of service at l:00pm, presided by Reverend Ken Carroll. The burial will be in the family cemetery on the church property. Edward C. Capron, Jr. was Honorably Discharged by the US Army in October 1945, and is now Honorably Discharged by his loving family to journey on home with Jesus to join with his Heavenly Father God in heaven. Arrangements by Church Funeral Services & Crematory, St. Amant 225-644-9683 www.churchfuneralservices.com.