Services set for J. Earl Veeder II, local businessman, VA counselor

Memorial services will be held Friday for Joseph Earl Veeder II, a native of Charenton, a former longtime resident of Franklin and a current resident of Charenton for the past six years.

He passed away Sunday, at 10 a.m., at Lafayette General Medical Center following a brief illness.

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charenton.

Earl was born Jan. 30, 1946. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as a Medic for the 71st E-Vac Hospital. He was a charter member of the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) Chapter 615 in Franklin.

He was also the owner and operator of the former Teche Ridge Office Supplies and Teche Ridge Pawn Shop.

After retiring from his local businesses, he worked the past eight years for the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Veterans Affairs Counselor for St. Mary Parish.

Earl had a deep commitment to the fallen soldiers of the Vietnam War and in 1995 went back to Vietnam with a group of veterans. This trip resulted in communications that helped in bringing home the remains of some of these MIA soldiers.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Betty Pittman Veeder of Charenton; two children, Joseph Earl (Jody) Veeder III of Charenton and Shannon Veeder of Houston, Texas; one grandson, Landon Menard of Houston, Texas; two brothers, George T. Veeder III and his wife, Jo Anne, of Casa Grande, Arizona and Lynden Veeder and his wife, Shirley, of Pensacola, Florida; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George T. Veeder Jr. and Frances Clyburn Veeder.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, at Ibert’s Mortuary from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., and again Friday, Oct. 26, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charenton from 10 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Earl’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project at: or by phone at 877.TEAM.WWP (832.6997), or mail 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

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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