John Lionel Soileau, Sr
August 5, 1936  -  December 9, 2017

John Lionel Soileau, Sr

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Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
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Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas
2845 South Union Street
Opelousas, LA  70570
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
8:00 a.m. until service time
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Rosary by Deacon Dwayne Joubert
Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home
2845 South Union Street
Opelouasas, LA  70570
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
5:30 p.m.
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Peter's Catholic Church
1074 Hwy. 748
Grand Prairie, LA  70589
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
11:00 a.m.
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St. Peter Catholic Church Cemetery
1074 Hwy. 748
Washington / Grand Prairie, LA  70589
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I served in the Navy.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for John Lionel Soileau, Sr at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in the St. Peter's Catholic Church in Grand Prairie, LA. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The Reverend Blaine Clement will celebrate the Mass.

Mr. Soileau, age 81, was a native of Grand Prairie, long time resident of Grand Isle, LA and current resident of Opelousas, LA, died at home on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Lionel embodied the entrepreneurial spirit as he was the owner of JLS Speed Horse Ranch, Inc., the owner of John L. Soileau, Inc. catering company and the owner of Soileau's IGA. He also served his country proudly in the United States Navy.

Lionel was a Lifetime member of both the American Quarter Horse Association and the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association. His passion for Quarter Horses earned him the following awards: 1990 Ruidoso Downs All American Futurity First Consolation (Royal Bushwhacker), 1993 Speed Horse Broodmare Award (Royalty Comes Easy), 2003 Lone Star Park Champion 2 year old female
(JLS Streak Of Snow), 2005 Speed Horse Stakes Producers Broodmare Award (Dancing Tonight and Do It To It Reb), 2006 AQHA Superior Racehorse (Get It Reb), 2009 LQHBA Lifetime Achievement Award,
2010 AQHA Racing Champion 2 year old gelding (JLS Mr Bigtime), 2010 LQHBA Winning Breeder of the year, 2011 AQHA Superior Race Horse (JLS Mr Bigtime), 2011 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity Winner
(JLS Party Wagon), 2014 LQHBA Winning Breeder of the year, and the 2016 LQHBA hall of fame owner of Royal Bushwhacker.

Survivors include his wife Bernadine Dupre Soileau; sons, Darrel Soileau and wife Connie, Glen Soileau, and Johnny Soileau and his wife Belinda; daughter, Stephanie Soileau; sister, Iris Guilbeau; 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Golbert and Celestine Soileau; brother, Ray Soileau; son, Joey Soileau; grandson, Chasse Guillory and granddaughter, Alyssa Guillory.

Visiting will be held in the LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, beginning Tuesday, December 12, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and will reopen on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. until service time. A Rosary by Deacon Dwayne Joubert will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home, 2845 S. Union St, Opelousas, LA, 70570 (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.


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  1. Joanne soileau McCauley
    Ville platte, LA

    So sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you all

  2. Joy Porter
    St. Martinville, LA

    You will be missed!

    Ville Platte, LA

    Rip Mr John I work for about 10 years for you off Shore in Grand Isle blk 16L you were the best man I've ever work for wishing your family all the best

  4. Valentina Lopez
    Opelousas, LA

    Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  5. Todd LaFleur
    Baton rouge, LA

    So sorry for your loss, he was a great man and boss, prayers to the family

  6. Kimberly and Kevin Bourgeois
    Eunice, LA

    Sending the family all our love. We will miss his smiles, jokes, stories, and spirit. There is nothing about him we did not absolutely love and adore. Even when we know they are in a better place with all those who have gone before, our hearts long to be with them here on Earth. His spirit will forever shine in all of you! I hope you know that we were beyond blessed to have known him and shared the time we had with him. Those times are cherished. We love you all - K

  7. Toni
    Point Blue, LA

    Your family and accomplishments have touched so many lives, and you will be missed by many. Peace for your family .

  8. John Venable
    Church point, LA

    R.I.P. Mr John had many days at the horse races with you. It will not be the same without you.

  9. John Venable
    Church point, LA

    R.I.P. Mr John had many days at the horse races with you. It will not be the same without you.

  10. Rhonda Santiny Richardson
    Tatum, TX

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  11. Nora Combel
    Grand Isle, LA

    My condolences to the family. Mr. Soileau was such a big part of our community for so many years. He will be missed.

  12. Michael K. Dupre Saucier, Norma Elkins Saucier
    Church Point, LA

    " 'Well done, good and faithful servant! . . .Come and share your master's happiness.' " NIV 25:21

  13. Gayla Bustamante
    Vinton, LA

    Our deepest condolences for your loss.

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