Vinton, La.
Whitney Joseph Boudreaux, 88, of Vinton, La., and a former resident of Orange, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in Lake Charles, La. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange, with the Rev. Marv Howland, officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Boudreaux was born in Orange on Aug. 15, 1920, the son of Peter Joseph and Edith (Melancon) Boudreaux.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a life member of the V.F.W., American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Boudreaux was a graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.  He retired from the American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel, where he was a steel buyer.

Preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Louise Boudreaux, he is survived by his wife, Lester Boudreaux of Vinton; daughter, Patricia L. Boudreaux Wallace and her husband, Alfred, of Orange; son, Whitney Joseph Boudreaux Jr., Lt. Col, USAF, retired and his wife, Carolyn, of San Antonio; step-children, Charles Calcote and his wife, Glenda, of DeRidder, La., Gary Calcote and his wife, Dawn, of Rosepine, La. and Gregory Calcote, also of DeRidder. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Pamela Ruth Southwood, Kellynn J. Priest, Christopher Michael Boudreaux; great-grandchildren, Yvonne LeBrun, Joshua Dorman, Emily Southwood, Martin Southwood and great-great-grandchildren, Jacob Dorman, Brielle LeBrun and Bryan LeBrun.