alignleftA native and resident of Gonzales, he died at his home on Tuesday, November 11, 2008. He was 89 and proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army where he earned the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge and numerous other medals for his heroic efforts in North Africa and in the European Theater. After the war, he worked with the Louisiana State Highway Department as a Soil Lab Technician. He retired in 1977 after thirty-six years of service. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2008 St. Mark Catholic Church beginning at 9am with recitation of the rosary at 10am. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11am, Rev. Joel LaBauve, celebrant. Burial will follow in Hope Haven Masouleum in Prairieville. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lela Guidry Gautreau, two daughters; Gwendolyn Gautreau Schexnayder and Vickie Gautreau King, a son, Earl Dwain Gautreau, two brothers; Buren Gautreau and Berlin Gautreau and five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oreal and Lelia Babin Gautreau, three brothers; Gerald Gautreau, Leo Gautreau, Elray Gautreau and two sisters; Lorrita Fife and Geneva Braud. Pallbearers will be Chandler King, Kace King, Chad Gautreau, Berlin Gautreau, Jason Alford, Greg Bercegeay and Kenny Fife. Honorary Pallbearers will be Buren Gautreau and Donald Schexnayder. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, the VFW, American Legion and the DVA. He also enjoyed hunting and dancing. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Ascension Funeral Home, 426 West New River St., Gonzales.