OBITUARY: Irwin "Bro" Wilbert

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Irwin Paul “Bro” Wilbert

Irwin Paul “Bro” Wilbert, a retired firm member of A. Wilbert's Sons and resident and native of Plaquemine, he died Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. peacefully at

home with his loving wife of 63 years, Gloria Rivault Wilbert, and his

beloved only child, Paula, by his side. He was 90, born Jan. 2, 1921, in

Plaquemine to Irwin John Wilbert and Ione LeBlanc Wilbert, who preceded him

in death along with two brothers, Calvin and George, and a sister, Mary Ione

Higdon. Irwin was an Eagle Scout and Boy Scout Leader with Troop 23 in

Plaquemine and attended the first National Boy Scout Jamboree (1935) in

Washington, D.C. He was a past chairman of Westside District and Westside

Advancement Committee. He majored in business administration at LSU, was a

member of LSU Cadet Band, ROTC and Sigma Nu. He was a graduate of Coyne

Electrical School in Chicago and National Radio Institute in Washington,

D.C. He was Past Grand Commander Order of Alhambra Muret Caravan No. 68,

V.F.W. Post 3795 Addis and American Legion Post 67 in Plaquemine. He was

past president of Plaquemine Lions Club and awarded by the Lions

International the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award - the highest award given to

an individual. He was voted Lion of the Year twice and was a past deputy

district governor of district 8N. He was first chairman of the Iberville

Parish Housing Commission. He served eight years on Police Jury representing

Ward 6 as finance chairman. He was a past member of Capital Economic

Development District. He served three terms on Iberville Parish Chamber of

Commerce Board of Directors. He was a member of the Krewe of Tucumcari and

the past King of the Krewe du Roi. He was a charter member of the World War

II Museum in New Orleans and served as one of the grand marshals in the

Plaquemine Veterans Fourth of July parade. He was a World War II veteran,

Army Air Forces P-40 fighter pilot with 80 combat missions and 1,283 combat

hours. Among the medals awarded are the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf

Clusters, European African Middle East Campaign with three bronze stars and

a Presidential Citation. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force

reserves. Visitation at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in

Plaquemine on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial

at 11 a.m., celebrated by the Rev. Father Cleo J. Milano. Entombment will be

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Cemetery on Main Street. Pallbearers will

be Jacob Wilbert, Flash Howard, Johnny Higdon, Blair Wilbert, Ted Lieux III,

Robert Rivault, Randall Rivault and Pat Wilbert Honorary pallbearers are his

eight godchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St.

John the Evangelist Catholic Church Building Fund, 57805 Main St.,

Plaquemine, LA 70764; St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church Building Fund,

9150 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. LA 70810; Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063

Siegen Lane, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, or to your favorite charity. We

would like to give special thanks for their loving care and support to Dr.

Kenny Cole and special friend Dr. Richard Lieux from the Baton Rouge Clinic.

Thanks also to Yolanda Thierry, Dale and Contrenda of Home Instead and

Hospice of Baton Rouge, especially Susan, Vicki and Diane.