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Charles Wayne Richard

September 30, 1947 — November 4, 2023

Charles Wayne Richard, a beloved member of the Opelousas community, passed away on November 4, 2023. Born on September 30, 1947, in Opelousas, Louisiana, Charles was a man with a huge heart and a deep sense of faith. He dedicated hours of his life to praying for the sick and was known for being a devout Catholic. Charles found solace in making rosaries and would prayerfully engage in this practice several times throughout the day. He was a parishioner and usher for Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church for many years.

After graduating high school, Charles began his career as a grocery produce clerk, which he took great pride in doing for over 60 years. Working at several grocery stores, he retired from Walmart.

Beyond his spiritual devotion, Charles enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. He had an affinity for food, particularly sweets. Additionally, he relished the thrill of visiting the casino, where he would test his luck with enthusiasm. Above all else, Charles cherished spending time with his family and friends. The bonds he formed were strong and lasting.

Charles is survived by his son, Michael Richard, of Opelousas; daughter, Jennifer Richard, of Opelousas; his brother, Joseph Carroll Richard and his wife, Marjorie, of Ville Platte; his sister, Susan Richard Guidry and her husband, Glenn, of Opelousas.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Fontenot Richard; his parents, Joseph Merrick Richard and Eula Guidroz Richard; as well as his brother, Paul Craig Richard.

To honor the memory of Charles Wayne Richard, friends and family are invited to attend services at the LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. Visitation will be held on November 5, 2023 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:00 PM by Ulysse Joubert. Visitation will continue on November 6, 2023 at 8:00 AM until 9:30AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church at 10:00 AM officiated by Father Gregory Simien. Charles will be laid to rest at St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery following the service.

Pallbearers will be Paul Guidry, Glenn Guidry, Bryan Richard, Michael Richard, Chuck Fontenot and Mitch Fontenot. Honorary Pallbearer will be Carroll Richard.

Charles Wayne Richard touched the lives of many through his unwavering faith and his genuine love and care for others. He will be remembered as a devout Catholic, a loving husband and father, and a loyal friend. Let us keep his memory alive by following his example of spreading kindness and embracing the joy found in the simple moments of life. May he rest in eternal peace.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Sunday, November 5, 2023

3:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home

2845 S Union St, Opelousas, LA 70570

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Rosary

Sunday, November 5, 2023

6:00 - 6:30 pm (Central time)

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home

2845 S Union St, Opelousas, LA 70570

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Visitation

Monday, November 6, 2023

8:00 - 9:30 am (Central time)

LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home

2845 S Union St, Opelousas, LA 70570

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Mass

Monday, November 6, 2023

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church

207 Camille St, Opelousas, LA 70570

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Burial

Monday, November 6, 2023

11:00am - 12:30 pm (Central time)

St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery

1020 N Main St, Opelousas, LA 70570

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