Enrique O. Gutierrez Sr.

April 22, 1923May 24, 2013

Enrique O. Gutierrez, Sr., age 90, passed away on Friday May 24, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Meriam LeBlanc Gutierrez. Loving father of Esther Jane Gutierrez, Enrique “Rick” Gutierrez Jr., Edward Gutierrez (Lin). Elizabeth “Lizz” Phillips (Terry) and Elaine Meyer (Chris). Proud grandfather of many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. Son of the late Cirilo and Estella Clizac Gutierrez. Brother of Carmen Reno and the late Wilbert Gutierrez. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Enrique was an honorable World War II Navy Veteran who proudly served in the Pacific. He was a member of the VFW Post 7194. Throughout his life Enrique enjoyed playing in the S.J. Peters Band, Jefferson Community Band, played piano at the Gold Room and was a member of Jerry Caluda Stardusters and Orketts. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Charles Borromeo, 13396 River Rd., Destrehan on Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 10:00 am. Visitation will take place at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Blvd., Metairie on Monday evening 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm and Tuesday at St. Charles Borromeo from 9:00 am until time of service. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Garden. Condolences may be offered at


  • Wake Monday, May 27, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, May 28, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Enrique O. Gutierrez Sr.

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Ramona Dwyer

May 29, 2013

So, thrilled that you are able to be with your special loved one's gone, before you. I'm sure you & dad will have a lot to celebrate. Know that you will always be remembered w/ great fondest. And until we meet again, I'll love you always! xoxo MoMo!

May 28, 2013

To the family of Ricky,

Ricky was a dear friend to me, a great and dedicated musician, and a true mentor throughout our 20 years of playing together with the Stardusters band. These were awesome years--years that we didn't make much money, but had a hell of a lot of fun!. I am so sorry I can't make the services; my driving is limited. I share your great loss.

My sincere condolences,
Jerry Caluda and the Stardusters
Meraux, LA

Nancy Payne

May 28, 2013

Dear Elaine, Lizz and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I never had the honor of meeting him personally but through you he sounds as if he was a great man and from knowing both of you he did a good job raising his children.No matter how prepared you think you are for a parent passing it still is so very painful. His time here is up, his job here is done so now he joins other loved ones,but know he will always be with you.Soon your grief will lessen and then all of your memories will come to you. These memories are to be cherished and help you get through this difficult time. Your father served our country and for that I am so grateful to him.My prayers are with all of you. I am sorry I didn't get a chance to come pay my respects but I am on my way to St.Judes with my Granddaughter.

Wilbert Gutierrez Jr.

May 27, 2013

I will always remember you musical trombone(Lips) that you ran around the house playing when you didn't have an instrument in hand. You were an awesome musician and an awesome man. I love you dearly and I am for ever grateful for your example of what a man of integrity looks like. Hope you and dad are laughing it up right now.

Freddie Brink III

May 27, 2013

To a great man, and a great friend of Merle and Fred Brink. Many Mardi Gras was spent with him and his lovely wife Meriam. Loved him playing piano for my Dad at the Gold Room.

May 26, 2013

Dear family, Ki Ki was always a 'family' man. He and Miriam always came to my family's celebrations. He had a quick wit and would give everyone a big smile and a kind word. I send you my deepest condolences and prayers. I will remember him. Sincerely, Rose Mary Gutierrez Collins, daughter of Amado and Pearl Gutierrez

Cindy Monica

May 25, 2013

Uncle Ki, you are the greatest war veteran that I have ever known. Thank you for all that you have given. You will be truly missed by all of us. We love you. May you enjoy the peace of heaven and playing music for the Lord! Loving you always, Cindy and Tony.