Richard J. Roussel passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the age of 83 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 21, 1937. He loved fishing and gardening, vegetables and tobacco. He was a great lawnmower repair man. Richard was a school bus driver for St. James Parish. He also worked for Kaiser Aluminum for over 30 years. He was the first elected fire chief for the Paulina, Grand Point, Belmont Fire Department. He was also a member of LHS Quarterback Club for 40 years. He was a member of SOAR for Kaiser retirees and cooked for many meetings and functions. He leaves behind his wife, Theresa "T" LeBlanc Roussel of 63 years and the rest of his wonderful, caring, and loving family including his son, Keith Michael Roussel; five daughters, Rhonda R. Roper (Neil), Sandra R. Babin (Billy), Tammy R. Hymel (Brett), Dana R. Poche and Nadine R. Louviere; 12 grandchildren, Jordan Babin (Jodi), Matthew Hymel, Jeremy Roper (Meghann), Adam Babin (Brandi), Jonathan Roper (Jessica), Brooke Michel (Ryan), Monique Falgoust (Derek), Caleb Poche (Amy), Michelle Guidry (Jeremy), Dustin Roper (Ashley), Montana Hymel (Brie), Brandi Zeringue (Caleb) and Lindsey Galley (Matt); and 18 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Arlene R. Hymel (A.J.) and Joyce R. Luquette (Darnell); brothers-in-law, Dudley LeBlanc (Ronnie), Jimmy LeBlanc (Liz), Jessie LeBlanc (Robbin) and Terry LeBlanc (Gretchen) and Aubrey St. Pierre; and one sister-in-law, Linda Poche. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand and Anite Roussel; sister, Gloria (Dudley Detillier), in-laws, Dudley and Theresa LeBlanc; sister-in-law, Elaine St. Pierre; and son-in-law, Grady Poche. A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Rose Lynn Funeral Services from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM. A private funeral mass and burial will be held for the immediate family only. Rose Lynn Funeral Services has been entrusted with handling his arrangements.
Published in The Advocate on Jan. 13, 2021.