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Van Buren Broussard Jr.

March 29, 1937November 17, 2020
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Van Buren Broussard, Jr. was called home to our Lord on November 17th, 2020 at the age of 83 years. Born on March 29th, 1937 in Prairieville, he was the son of Van Buren Broussard, Sr. and Hazel Babin Broussard. Van was a lifelong resident of Ascension Parish, and a beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Carol Hymel Broussard, son Sidney, daughters: Debra Bell, Vanessa Vincent (Jeremy), Michelle Reynolds (Scott); brothers: Henry, Ernie (Phyllis “Alfie”), Gerald “Chookie” (Peggy), Arthur (Helen); sisters: Grace Brignac (Cedric), Mary Lee “Tootsie” Carnahan, Sylvia “Tilly” Gordon (Pat), Lisa Gautreau; brother-in-law Herbert “Brother” Hymel (Noonie); sisters-in-law: Donna Hymel, Vickie Barraco (Donnie); grandchildren: Amber Gaudin (Mark), Cassidy and Trent Broussard, McKenzie and Gavin Rambin, Anthony and Madeline Vincent, Grayce and Rex Reynolds; great grandchildren: Kylee Guitreau, Landon Delatte, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was welcomed into heaven by his parents, his son Ryan Broussard, brothers: Fellman “DD”, Paul, and Raymond “BB” Broussard, and grandson Michael Skinner. Pallbearers are Sidney Broussard, Gavin Rambin, Arthur Broussard, Brother Hymel, Jeremy Vincent, and Scott Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers are Donnie Barraco, Roland Doucet, Joey Broussard, and Mike Broussard. Van “The Man” was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 1997, and was locally recognized as the King of Swamp Pop. Although mainly known for his expansive music career, Van was also accomplished in many other areas. He served his country as a member of the National Guard. He worked as a crane operator for nearly 25 years, spending most of that career at Vulcan Chemicals. He was a skilled mechanic and spent years performing custom modifications to a 1968 Hemi Barracuda, which he named “Papa Cuda”. In 1978, with that car, he earned the national drag racing record, clocking in at 141 mph and 9.62 in the quarter mile. A humble friend to many, Van never boasted about his accomplishments, although they were numerous. Rather, his pride and joy were always his family, especially his grandchildren. Van’s legacy lives on through his music and stories shared about how his life touched so many others. Friends and fans are invited to applaud Van one last time on Monday, November 23rd from 12pm-5pm at Lamar Dixon’s Trademart building. A private ceremony and burial will follow at a later date. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Ourso Funeral Home, Roland Doucet, Lamar Dixon, the Soileau family, Acadian Ambulance, and our community for the compassion shown to our family.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his loving wife of 41
    years, Carol Hymel Broussard, son Sidney, daughters: Debra Bell, Vanessa Vincent (Jeremy),
    Michelle Reynolds (Scott); brothers: Henry, Ernie (Phyllis “Alfie”), Gerald “Chookie” (Peggy),
    Arthur (Helen); sisters: Grace Brignac (Cedric), Mary Lee “Tootsie” Carnahan, Sylvia “Tilly”
    Gordon (Pat), Lisa Gautreau; brother-in-law Herbert “Brother” Hymel (Noonie); sisters-in-law:
    Donna Hymel, Vickie Barraco (Donnie); grandchildren: Amber Gaudin (Mark), Cassidy and
    Trent Broussard, McKenzie and Gavin Rambin, Anthony and Madeline Vincent, Grayce and
    Rex Reynolds; great grandchildren: Kylee Guitreau, Landon Delatte, and numerous nieces,
    nephews and cousins.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Sidney Broussard, Active Pallbearer
  • Gavin Rambin, Active Pallbearer
  • Arthur Broussard, Active Pallbearer
  • Brother Hymel, Active Pallbearer
  • Jeremy Vincent, Active Pallbearer
  • Scott Reynolds, Active Pallbearer
  • Donnie Barraco, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Roland Doucet, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joey Broussard, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Broussard, Honorary Pallbearer
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Tracy Brooks Saucier

November 24, 2020

I remember the days when my dad, Sonny Brooks, and Van had Papa Cuda. Many a weekends we were at the race track. It was also during this time that they jointly owned Cals....the kids were always stuck in the back in a room on Saturday nights. We could hear the music playing. I know my Dad was there to meet you Van when you arrived. Happy racing to the two of you!

Joe Paul Nicolsi

November 22, 2020

every time i would hear Van's songs on the radio had to stop and
dance .His music was so easy to dance to and a full sound of brass and reed insturments he was way of himself with his music.Dutchtown pride.God bless.
Nicolosi flamily

Angela Gremillion

November 21, 2020

I was so sad to hear Van had died. I have great memories as a child listening to his music with my parents. I still love listening to his songs. I saw him once at Cal's club and never forgot that night. Van's music will live on forever and his contribution to swamp pop will never be forgotten. Praying for the family.

Carmen Suzor

November 21, 2020

I loved to go and dance to Van , we all had more fun than the law should allow. Thank you for so many wonderful years of truly amazing music .

JoAnn S Tullier

November 21, 2020

My husband listened and danced to Van Broussard every chance we could. His music was wonderful. It still gives me chills because on the day he left us, I was in my kitchen listening to all his music. His music will be around forever and so will his memory. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you♥️♥️♥️!

Jimmy Leblanc

November 21, 2020

I was So sorry to learn About the death of Van. I offer my sympathy to everyone in his family.

Cheryl Fontenotah

November 20, 2020

Many many Bantoms, Cal’s, and Moonlight memories. Also good memories in the last year or so of running into you and Carol at Lamendolas. RIP my friend. You will be missed.

Brenda White (Bubba) Fagan

November 20, 2020

My deepest sympathy for you Carol and your family. My heart is broken. I treasure the memories and the friendship dearly. My Mom used to wake me up every Saturday morning playing Van's music and then eventually I was old enough to go to Cal's Club. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Bobby Richard

November 20, 2020

Thanks so much for the great music you made for so many years, my listeners throughout the many years I've played your music on my Swamp Pop music shows, really enjoyed your style of Swamp Pop Music & my friend, I was so honored that you came to my Swamp Pop Music Show for in studio interview twice, in the 20 years I've been in Houma, Last time we spoke i told you that when this covid was gonna be over, I wanted to get you & grace as my guest one more time, but now that won't happen, rest in peace my friend, gonna miss you & your phone calls every now & then, Thanks for the music & the memories .

Vance Gordon

November 20, 2020

I was privileged to meet Van while working at Vulcan Chemicals where he operated a heavy lift crane. He was a class act always. I am so sorry - he will be missed by all.

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