Joseph Roderick "Rod" Myshrall

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"My flesh and my heart fails, but God is the strength of my heart, and He is my portion forever." (Psalm 73:26) Native of Millinocket, ME, and resident of Baton Rouge, LA since 1960. At age 92, he went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Monday, February 4, 2013 from 5pm until 8pm and resume on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 8am until funeral service at 10am. Interment will be held in Greenoaks Memorial Park followed by a reception at Greenoaks Life Celebration Center. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Lucille Paris Myshrall of Baton Rouge, LA; sister, Bertha Walsh of Millinocket, ME; daughter, Carolyn Springer of Baton Rouge, LA; sons, Steve Myshrall of Baton Rouge, LA, Dave Myshrall of Walker, LA, and John Myshrall of Columbia, MO; "PawPaw" to 13 grandchildren, Todd Carter, Britney Piner, Doug Carter, Alexis Breedlove, Ryan Carter, Dustin Myshrall, Stephen Myshrall, Clint Myshrall, Brandon Scully, Connor Myshrall; Jonathan Springer, Joseph Springer and Aimee Patane; daughter-in-laws, DeeDee Myshrall, Terri Myshrall, Sharon Myshrall, Phyllis Loveland; and son-in-laws, Shannon Springer, Ray Carter; 17 great-grandchildren; many other loving relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, and granddaughter Courtney Myshrall. Rod was the Stearns High School (Millinocket, ME) 1939 Sr Class President, outstanding student and star athlete; played semi-pro football, baseball, basketball; played college football, baseball, basketball at Higgins Classical Institute (Charleston, ME), NE Missouri State Teachers College (Kirksville, MO), Colby College (Waterville, ME), and Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL) graduating in 1952; turned down the Brooklyn Dodgers to study medicine, which was interrupted by WWII; served with the 8th, 12th and 15th USAAF's, 97th BG (Heavy), 341st BS; 50 Daylight Combat Missions in the MTO; Tail Gunner aboard the famed B-17F "Thunderbird"; one of only twenty-seven WWII Aerial Bomber Gunner Aces in US Military history; reported MIA; Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 12-Oak Leaf Clusters, and over a dozen other awards; VFW member; retired from State Farm Insurance in 1995 after 43 years; President of Fairwood Country Club and it's Men's Golf Assoc; volunteered many years promoting the LSU-Fairwood Women's Collegiate Golf Tournament; hit a hole-in-one; played in the New Orleans Open Pro-Am with Tom Watson. He often said the moment he saw Lucille Paris he knew he was going to marry her. Rod and Lu loved dancing, golfing and traveling together. A kind and gentle man, he will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but his legacy will live on for many generations to come.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, 2013
Joseph "Rod" Myshrall
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