Opelousas- A Mass of Christian Burial for, Dalton J. Gary, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas. Reverend Monsignor Keith DeRouen will celebrate the mass. Rite of Committal will follow in the Leroy Cemetery in Leroy, La.
Mr. Dalton, was a resident of Opelousas for the past 65 years. He passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family at the age of 90. Mr. Dalton retired from Exxon after 30 years. He was an avid shrimper, fisherman, builder, hunter, and cook. He enjoyed many weekends spent at his camp in Holly Beach, La. entertaining his family and friends alike.
Mr. Dalton is survived by one son and best friend, Barney Gary and wife, Frannie of League City, TX; two daughters, Patty Gary Pitre and husband, Dwayne of Sunset, Melissa Gary Lancon and husband, Kevin of League City, TX; five grandchildren, Chad Mergist, Caitlin Gary Thomas, Kelsey Gary, Logan Lancon and Lauren Lancon; four great-grandchildren, Dylan and Tanner Mergist, Coralie and Camelia Thomas; step-great-grandchild, Jesse Dossey; and one sister, Dean Gary LeBlanc.
Mr. Dalton was preceded in death by his loving wife of 72 years, Mabel Louise Gary; parents, Ovey and Amelie Gary; two brothers, Chester and Eljay Gary; and two sisters, Mamie Gary Badeaux and Betty Gary.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Sibille Funeral Home Chapel in Opelousas. A Rosary Service will be held on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. The funeral home will reopen on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. till 9:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Barney Gary, Dwayne Pitre, Chad Mergist, Kevin Lancon, Logan Lancon and Dylan Mergist. Honorary pallbearers will be Tanner Mergist, Frank Thomas and Drew Brunkhorst.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donation be made to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy (485 Half Day Road, Suite 350, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089.) The website address is https://www.foundationforpn.org/donate/
Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.
Patty, Barney, Melissa and families, You all are in Audrey’s and my prayers as the life of Uncle Dalton is celebrated. All I can say is what a great man he was. I have so many great memories from early on about your dad. We still make what we call “Uncle Dalton Potatoes” after watching him fry shrimp and make those potatoes one night in Opelousas before we got in the road back to NOLA. May he Rest In Peace and may you all be comforted by the joy and love he brought to life. Love to to all.
Brian GaryNew Orleans, LA
My condolences for the loss of Mr.Dalton. We have always enjoyed y'all company at La Puerta Ranch. The rice and gravy Mr. Dalton made was the Best. He was a great Outdoorsman, and he had every tool in his truck to repair anything! Barney, Our prayers are with you and your Family.
Danny HamiltonArnaudville, LA
I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of elementary and middle school when I used to practically live there. Your parents were beautiful people and I know that they are with you in your heart and memories.
Beth Eubanks Paleogos
Beth Eubanks PaleogosPapillion, NE
My heart is sad to hear of the passing of my Uncle Dalton. He took me on my first fishing trip and my first shrimping trip. He was always happy to see me and there was always food to eat when I visited. I loved his laugh and the fondest memory I have of him is a visit I made to his house on a Sunday evening. He slapped a plate of the freshest cucumbers and tomatoes I have ever eaten. My condolences to Patty, Barney, Melissa and the extended family.
Mark GaryHouston, TX
We have endless fond memories of fun times with your family. Our love and prayers are with you all...
Kenny and Donna LasserreZwolle, LA
I'm so sorry for your loss, but your dad is at peace now and back with the love of his life. God bless you all and give you the peace that He supplies.
Guy & JoAnn BozemanWashington, LA
Patty , and loved ones, we are offering our sympathy and friendship. Sometimes there are no words to say those things that are deepest in our hearts.
Wishing all of you peace at this difficult time. We will pray for your strength. May grief and sorrow be washed away with many wonderful memories of your Dad.
Barbara Hiller SebastianBaton Rouge, LA
Brent and I are so sorry to hear this sad news of Dalton passing. I always treasured having the Gary family as our Louisiana family...they were always so close to my parents and treated me and my 2 sisters as their own. Mr. Dalton is the last of the Exxon family for which my family moved to Opelousas. I take delight in knowing that Mr.Dalton is in heaven with all of his favorite people and I've no doubt my parents and so many others welcomed him with opened arms. Prayers that the Gary siblings and families are comforted with Gods love, peace and understanding.
Carol Tyner WengertHouma, LA