Carl  LeJeune

Carl Achille LeJeune

Thursday, October 12th, 1950 - Sunday, February 7th, 2021
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Carl LeJeune, also known as “Brillopad” by all Ouachita River Rats of the ‘70s & ‘80s, son of “Les and Tess”, dad to Paula and Landon, grew up in West Monroe, LA. His father Les started LeJeune Store Fixtures in the 1950s. Carl continued in his father’s footsteps until the 1990s and then worked at the carton plant at Graphic Packaging.

Carl was an avid tinkerer who could always see potential in broken things. He always had some sort of project going, but that never stopped him from dropping what he was doing to help out a family member or a friend. If someone mentioned needing something, Carl would be on the doorstep with it in the next day or two, if not the same day. Carl loved his family and friends with his whole heart. His surprise and often inconvenient visits, or “Carl Bombs”, weren’t always expected by those close to him, but they always ended up being treasured moments you didn’t even know you needed. His daughter jokes and says he was a lot like Jesus in the fact that you know he’s coming, but you just don’t know when. When he did drop in, he rarely showed up empty-handed. From bargain stilettos or tennis shoes to toilets or fixtures to repair a broken home, Carl’s gifts knew no bounds or order. Regardless, they always left you with a smile or a story.
Carl loved his family, and he loved a good time. He enjoyed get-togethers with family and friends, and he fed and sheltered many of his children’s friends over the years. Every time he cooked it was enough to feed an army, and he was always happy to share. If there was a good beat, Carl was known to break out in a little boogie - quite an entertaining treat. Oh, and we mustn’t forget his favorite pastime of getting the 2-wheel-drive tractor stuck because he drove it like it was 4-wheel-drive. Carl always loved driving the ski boat on the Ouachita River and barefooting and water skiing in his younger years. His family and friends just know there’s a lot of water skiing and barefooting going on in Heaven this week. He definitely made a bigger impact on many hearts still here on this ol’ earth than he will ever know.

Carl leaves behind his daughter, Paula LeJeune McKeithen and son, Landon LeJeune, both of West Monroe. He also leaves behind longtime family friend Allie Dayton Smith, her children who were like grandchildren to him, A1C Eli Smith, USAF and Leah Grace Smith. He leaves behind countless other family members, cousins, and friends.

Griffin Funeral Home
West Monroe, LA
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Pat Johnson Allen Porter

Posted at 10:41am
I always treasure fondest memories of fun times together with Carl & Paula, John Allen & me.
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Suzanne Rogers

Posted at 06:59pm
Paula and Landon,

My favorite memory of your dad was the New Years Eve when he fixed us up a fine bonfire in a broken grocery cart. It worked like a charm even though the wheels melted. With snow on the ground and a fire in our buggy, we had a blast. I can’t think of New Year’s Eve and not remember him. Sending extra prayers and hugs to you both. Love you!!

Suzanne Rogers
T Posted at 09:28pm

This is one of the fun times I think of when I think of your family and ours! It was a one of a kind New Years' Eve!!

Cindy Lillo

Posted at 05:49pm
God brought Carl into my life at one of my lowest points. His caring heart brought me out of a bad depression and he became a big part of my family's heart. Always checking on us, bring soup or red beans and rice when sick, tinkering on things that needed fixing. My sons and granddaughters thought of him as family. Still hard to comprehend that he won't be calling or texting, "What's up, buttercup?". I'll miss him but am comforted knowing he's resting in the arms of Jesus.

Dianna Dayton Ganley

Posted at 05:49pm
Carl was a friend to all. I first remember him from elementary school at St Paschals. He was a grade ahead of me. There are too many good memories to name. God bless Paula and Landon. I’m so sorry your lost your dad.

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