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James A. Duhé

June 2, 1931February 12, 2020

James Allen Duhe native of Reserve, LA and resident of Prairieville, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the age of 88. James proudly served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during the Korean War. He enjoyed dancing, woodworking, playing his mandolin and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Claris Duhe; sons, James Allen Duhe and Zack Duhe; step-sons Harold LeBoeuf and Edward LeBoeuf; grandchildren, Jaime, Jordan, JoAnna, Tayler, Samantha, Adam; Siblings- John Gilbert and Phyllis. James is preceded in death by his parents, Evariste and Irene Duhe; siblings Elizabeth, Daniel, Richard, Ruby, Robert, Anna Rose, Lance and Jerry. A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, February 21,2020 at Ourso Funeral Home in Gonzales from 1 pm until 3pm, with family members to speak at 2:45 pm. To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.oursofh.com. Ourso Funeral Home of Gonzales is in charge of arrangements.

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Lurline Hibun

February 17, 2020

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Biography

      Quiet, reserved and logical are trademark qualities that friends and family might use to describe James A. Duhé. James was an intuitive person. He was the type of person who could comfortably get lost in his thoughts, someone who had tremendous problem solving abilities. Always conscientious and focused on details, James was a person who loved to imagine the possibilities of life.

      James was born on June 2, 1931 at home birth - Reserve, LA in Reserve, LA. He was the son of Evariste & Irene Duhe'. He was raised in Reserve, LA. James did not have to surround himself with people to be content. He was the type of person who enjoyed being alone rather than be part of a large crowd. He could be content for hours in some activity or be lost in his own imagination.

      James was adaptable and had good listening skills which he would use to his advantage when it came to family life. He grew up with 10 siblings. He had 6 brothers; 4 sisters - Daniel, Richard, Robert, Lance, John, Jerry and Elizabeth, Ruby, Anna Rose, Phyllis. He rarely shied away from family discussions. He would debate with his siblings but if it turned into an argument, James would often turn it into an agreement. In general, the family got along well and shared many memorable experiences.

      In grade school, James gravitated toward others who shared similar interests and enjoyed academics more than physical activity. He was always curious about what made things work, and he would excel at the things that called more for "brain" power. James none. None. He delighted in the projects that required planning, exploration and solution. James' memorable achievements included. As was evident by those who knew him, his most fun was to be found in books and in research.

      During high school, James excelled at the challenge of learning and was especially good at taking tests and exams. He could delight more in problem solving than in the more routine school work. As long as the intellectual challenges kept coming, James was happy. He graduated from West St. John in 1949. His favorite class in high school was math. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was ?

      Although James had a small group of friends, they were a close knit group and he enjoyed spending time with them. He liked to be able to engage them in discussions on the many topics he found interesting. Those who knew him well might describe James as a good listener who could bring out a type of understanding from those around him that even surprised them. He was passionate in his commitments and would never intentionally hurt anyone. While growing up, some of his best friends were ? Later in life, he became friends with Charles and Shirley Timberlake.

      James finally found connection and fulfillment when on 1976; he exchanged wedding vows with Claris Duhon LeBoeuf at the Duhon residence of Opelousas, LA. Claris was influential in James's life and brought a dimension of emotion and feelings to a man who mostly lived in his intellect. James grew, blossomed and became more balanced because of their love and compassion.

      James was a hard worker and a good provider who loved his family even though he wasn’t very demonstrative. James was blessed with 2 sons - 2 stepsons, 2 sons, Jim and Zack; 2 stepsons, Buff and ED. They were also blessed with 6 grandchildren, Jamie, Jordan, JoAnna, Tayler, Samantha, Adam. James's sense of fun was often unleashed in his puns and witty, intelligent quips. It delighted him when the children and grandchildren would banter back and forth with him in this brainy exchange of mind contests. The children always knew how much James loved them.

      Finding the right type of job can be a challenge for anyone, but that was especially true for James A. Duhé. He needed to find a career that would challenge him. Fortunately, he found a career path where he could use his natural intellect and his natural critical thinking skills. His primary occupation was Field Engineer. He was employed for J. W. Weise and at Dow Chemical. James was a dedicated and valued employee and was respected by his colleagues for his ability to grasp and understand difficult concepts.

      James was anArm veteran. After boot camp, served in Korea. James saw action for 2 yrs in Korean War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He received several awards including a Bronze Star & Rifleman. James was an asset to the military system. He had the ability to appreciate the logic necessary to succeed in a regimented life style.

      Hobbies were more than fun for James because he challenged himself to learn the theory behind the actual activity. Knowing how things worked was more incentive than just performing and completing the task. His favorite pursuits were dancing and creating with wood.

      James found great pleasure by relaxing and watching sports on TV or in person. He was an avid student of the game and enjoyed comparing his ideas and choices with what actually happened during the game. Even though he generally would keep his feelings to himself, James would often use athletic events and sports as an outlet. None. Did not attend. Recreational sports included dancing and bowling. He also enjoyed just being a sports fan. Tops on his list were golf.

      Friends and acquaintances usually viewed James as the brains behind the operation and using this talent, he contributed a great deal to the many organizations to which he belonged. His own ability to adapt actually helped those around him to come up with creative approaches to a variety of situations. James worked hard once he became committed to a goal, and he was a strong contributor whenever it came to the planning process. None. Did not attend. Throughout his later years, James was an active member of dance clubs. He became a valued and a contributing member of each volunteer organization.

      Any number of community organizations were glad to have James as part of their group. He was able to bring a very high level of intelligence and involvement to these organizations. James was sought out to be a part of these groups because of his ability to take a strong course of action and to evaluate any issue that faced the organization, none. None.

      James's strong sense of faith helped him remain focused on the needs and concerns of others. These values brought him strength and helped to reinforce the importance of both his faith and the practice of his religion. None. None.

      James was not a man who did things because he expected a reward in return. In fact, accepting recognition from others was sometimes difficult for him. People who served with James recognized his quiet strength and his practical, logical, and discerning abilities. Still, he was awarded numerous honors throughout his life. None.

      Travel was a luxury for James and something that he took great pleasure in doing. James was at his best in the planning stages, as he did research and learned all about the places that he would be visiting. He wasn't as fond of dealing with the actual organizing, but once he put together all of the information, he was more than happy to turn it all over to someone else and let them put together the itinerary. Favorite vacations included France, Hawaii, Quebec.

      James especially enjoyed time with his pets. He could spend hours in private thought, and his faithful companions would just sit by his side or in his lap. One of James's favorites was Blazer - mixed black lab. They were best friends for 13 years.

      James planned well for retirement so when it finally arrived in 1996, he was well prepared. He worked out many of the details in advance so that he could enjoy the time and not have to worry. His new life involved relocating to Prairieville, LA. In retirement, he found new pleasure in repairing lawn equipment for neighbors and more dancing.

      James A. Duhé passed away on February 12, 2020 at The Closing, Clarity Hospice. He lived a progressively confined life due to aortic valve stenosis. He is survived by his children, grandchildren, brother John and sister Phyllis. Services were held at Ourso Funeral Home. He was cremated and his ashes given to wife.

       Those who knew and loved James will miss his quiet gentleness, his curiosity and his ability to often turn work situations into fun experiences. He leaves all those who knew him with many wonderful memories.