A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, February 25, 2013, at 1 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Centerville for Mr. Owen Joseph Mire Jr., 86, a native and early resident of Patterson, and a resident of Franklin for the past 65 years, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at 12:52 a.m., at Franklin Foundation Hospital.
Inurnment will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum. Father Ruben Primor will be the celebrant for the Mass, with Father Robert Marcell con-celebrating.
Mire was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served during World War II, and was a member of the Marine Corps Devil Dogs. He was a Charter member of the West St. Mary Port Commission, was a carrier of the Olympic Torch for the 1996 Olympics, was Captain and Founder of the Krewe of Agmarol in Franklin, was a past president of the Franklin Little League, was active with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, and was an avid pilot.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lee Ann Borel Mire; eight children, Diane Mire Nix and her husband, Mike; Danny Mire and his wife, Sue; Maria Mire Cole and her husband, Ronnie; John Mire Sr. and his wife, Debbie; David Mire and his wife, Cindy; Mike Mire and his wife, Carmelita; Monique Mire McMillan and her husband, Terry; and Minette Mire Giraud and her husband, Al; 18 grandchildren, Hal, Trent and Chris Gilley, Aaron and Sunnie Mire, Corey, Todd and Derek Cole, John Mire Jr., Tricia Mire Ancelet, Mindy Mire Lewis, Eric, Denny and Brian Mire, Brittany Mire Sanders, Scott Mire and Liz and David Giraud; numerous great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Owen Joseph Mire Sr.; his mother and stepfather, Katherine Gianfala Mire Boudreaux and Carroll Boudreaux; and his three sisters, Julie Mire Kreider, Theda Mire Cutrera and Helen Mire Templet.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, Feb. 23 at Ibert’s Mortuary in Franklin from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., with the rosary being prayed at 7 p.m.
The gathering will continue Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Centerville from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at 1 p.m.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, The Cooper Center, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172-1776, www.toysfortots.org or to the Alzheimer’s Association, One Lakeway, 3900 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 1200, Metairie, LA 70002, 1-800-272-3900, http://www.alz.org/louisiana/in_my_community_donate.asp.
Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc. of Franklin.