Feb. 15, 1935 ~ June 14, 2013

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 10 a.m., at Teche Baptist Church in Verdunville for Mr. Donald “Duck” Joseph Burns Sr., 78, a native of Bayou Chene and a resident of Verdunville for the past 50 years, who passed away Friday, June 14, 2013 at the Franklin Health Care Center. Burial followed in the Teche Gardens Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Thibeau will officiate the services.

Mr. Donald was a loving husband and father and was an avid fisherman and crawfisherman. He was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Patterson, where he also served as a Deacon.

Survivors include his wife, of 57 years, Anna Rose Mayea Burns; three children, Donald Burns Jr., Cathy B. Holeman and her husband, Tim; and Sandy B. LeJeune and her husband, Tony; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Nicholas “Dewey” Burns and Louisiana Mae Voisin Burns; four sisters, Vivian Carter, Birdie Sauce, Kate Marcotte and Sadie Aucoin; and one brother, Ernest Burns.

A gathering of family and friends was held Saturday at Teche Baptist Church, from 8 a.m. until time of service.

Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc. of Franklin.

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