Donald A. Bugs Bredehoeft

July 24, 1915 ~ November 30, 2010

Donald A. "Bugs" Bredehoeft passed away November 30, 2010 in Baytown, Texas.

Mr. Bredehoeft was born in Heavener, Oklahoma and had lived in the Lake Charles and DeQuincy, Louisiana areas for over seventy years. He retired from Grace Davison Chemical Company as a Certified Purchasing Agent after thirty years of service. Mr. Bredehoeft served as a Tech Sergeant in England and France with the U. S. Air Force during World War II. As a member of the 476th Air Services Group he participated in the battles of Northern France, Rhineland, and the Ardennes Forrest. Mr. Bredehoeft was an avid sports fan who loved baseball, football, basketball and track. He was among the first organizers of Little League Baseball in DeQuincy. He was a member of American Legion Post #183 and during his tenure as the Post's Athletic Chairman was responsible for building the first softball park with lights on the west side of town. He was a board member of the McNeese State University Cowboy Club and a charter member of the McNeese Society for the Advancement of Management.

On February 14, 1942 "Bugs" married Alice "Dudie" Young of Sugartown, Louisiana. They settled and started a family in DeQuincy and later moved to Lake Charles. She remained the love of his life until her passing in March of 1978.

He is survived by sons Ken Bredehoeft and wife Kathleen of Mont Belvieu, Texas; Don Bredehoeft and wife Rita of Oregon City, Oregon; granddaughter Karen McCarley and husband Troy of Seabrook, Texas; grandsons Donald Wayne Bredehoeft and wife Emily of Oregon City, Oregon and Ryan Bredehoeft of Portland, Oregon; great-grandsons Mason and Bryce McCarley of Seabrook, Texas and Donald Wayne Bredehoeft III of Oregon City, Oregon.

His funeral will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, December 3, 2010 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Greg Bath will officiate. Burial will be in Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Thursday, and continue from 9:00 AM until time of service, Friday, in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, Library/Media Center or the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home.

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  1. DonaldVery sorry to hear the news about your Grandfather. Having an 86 year old Dad, I treasure all of his days with us as I'm sure you did.I will keep him in my prayers. Come see us. Ed

  2. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Bredehoeft. He was a rare person indeed. I remember i started playing organized baseball at the age of 9 years. As I grew older and started playing school sports, football, basketball, track, and continued to play summer ball. I can not ever remember a game that Mr. Bredehoeft was not present. Right up to my graduation, he was there. Always had a kind word for everyone. I know Ken Don and families will miss him.

  3. I was so glad to see Don, but sorry I didn't get to see Rita. I will always remember your dad sitting in the same place at all the basketball games. The trainer's name was Jim Derotics (sp?) and he is married to the Van Hook's daughter from Jennings. Steve Welch may know an exact address.

  4. I'm Sorry to hear of Mr. Bredehoeft's passing. I met Him while I worked at the Lincoln Mercury Dealershipand He brought in His vehicle numerous times. We chatted every time. I knew when He called in because He would say Is this Donald?, This is Donald tooI'm sure He will be missed.Prayers go out to His entire family.

  5. Mr.Bredehoeft lived at The Charlestonian apartments in Lake Charles. We missed when he moved to Texas and we offer our prayers to the family. McNeese football alsod missed his smiling face.

  6. My husband and I wishwe could have come, but have been ill. we so enjoyed working with Don in the media center in years past. He was so good and gave us lots of comic relief! when his eyesight got bad he would still come by to give us encouragement. we missed him when he moved and know he will be missed by all. How like him to remember the media center even in death. He was so proud of his family. How proud of him you must have been. So sorry for your loss and Heaven's gain. Rick and Brenda Credeur

  7. Sharing Don's friendship was such a blessing to us ! He was a brother in Christ and a shining example of a true Christian. We are comforted knowing that he is walking with his Savior.

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