VILLE PLATTE – Funeral services were held at a 1:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Ville Platte on Friday, September 28, 2018, for David James Ardoin, 73, who passed away on September 25, 2018 in Ville Platte.
Father Mitch Guidry, pastor of Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church, was celebrant of the mass and conducted the funeral services.
Burial took place in Gates of Heaven Cemetery.
David James Ardoin born March 13, 1945, the only child of JD Ardoin and Winnie Pearl Vizinat Ardoin. As a young man he was an all-around cowboy. His young life changed abruptly when his parents were killed in an automobile accident on their way home from one of his rodeos. As a young adult he fought for our country in Vietnam as a member of the United States Army. Upon returning he met and married his wife of 50 years, Cynthia with which they had five children. David Jr., Clare, Steven, Sara and Allison. David was a licensed pilot with an extensive collection of model airplanes. He loved wood-working,drafting, gardening, reading, watching the Astros, caring for his herd of dairy goats, and he loved anything hands-on. David was your “how to” guy, he loved learning “how to” do anything new. His constant thirst for knowledge was admirable to say the least. David was a very devout Catholic who shared a special devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary and to Saint Padre Pio. David’s motto for life was “offer it up”, he lived and died with Christ in his heart. David always had a smile and kind words to offer. His biggest joy was knowing that those he loved were doing well. He will be deeply missed by many but his faith during this life on earth leaves those with great comfort and peace.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Cynthia Vidrine Ardoin of Ville Platte; two sons, David Ardoin, Jr. and wife, Paula of Richmond, TX and Steven Paul Ardoin of Ville Platte; three daughters, Clare Ardoin LeDoux of Ville Platte, Sara Ardoin of Whiteville and Allison Ardoin Elnaggar of Ville Platte; 14 grandchildren, Alexandra, Justine, Spencer, Kennady and Jacob Ardoin, Nicholas Balfer, Whitney LeDoux, Bethany LeBlanc, Elayne, Laura and Julia Elnaggar, Lane Perry, Angelique Fuller and husband, Jared and Hannah Venable and husband, Brett and one great grandson, Hayden Balfer and another great grandchild on the way.
He is proceeded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Gemma Christine Elnaggar and son-in-law, Paul Rickey LeDoux.
The family requested that visitation be observed at Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Ville Platte on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A rosary was recited on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. by Father Mitch Guidry. Visitation resumed on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Family and friends may leave condolences for the Ardoin family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Ville Platte was in charge of arrangements.