Funeral services for Vincent William Zaunbrecher were held at 2 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2013, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bastrop with Father Richard Norsworthy and Father Mark Watson officiating. Interment followed in the Pine Grove Baptist Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home. Visitation was held from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 13 and from 8 a.m. until noon Monday, October 14 at Cox Funeral Home.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jeffery Scott McKoin; parents, Charles Phillip Zaunbrecher and Anna Barbara Frey Zaunbrecher; brothers, Edmond and Raymond Zaunbrecher.
Vincent William Zaunbrecher was born December 22, 1930 in Mowata and lost his valiant fight to Parkinson's on Friday morning, October 11, 2013 at the age of 82.
He came from a small town Gueydan in south Louisiana and moved to Jones in 1959 along with his brother Edmond. Together they moved their young families and begin to clear the timber bottom land known as Boeuf River swamp which lies adjacent to Boeuf River. The next year, brother-in-law Elmo and sister, Agusta Bollich moved nearby and years later brother, Harry and wife Lucy Zaunbrecher moved to the area also. Together they turned a low lying swamp land into a fertile and prosperous farming community and pioneered the rice industry of Northeast Louisiana.
He and his wife, Janet, embraced the community of Jones and Morehouse Parish as their lifelong home. He was known for his quiet generosity, full of life, and loved by his family and friends dearly. He was often sought out in local charitable events for his wonderful cooking. He was an avid hunter and horseman. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a member of both St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bastrop and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oak Grove. The legacy he's most proud of is his 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Vincent is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet Zaumbrecher of Jones; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Jake Bankston of Bastrop; son, William "Butch" Zaunbrecher of Portland, Ark.; daughter and son-in-law, Debora and William Gardiner of Kaplan; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Steven McKoin of Jones; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Beth Zaunbrecher of Monroe; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harry Zaunbrecher and wife Lucy, Wayne Zaunbrecher and wife Linda and Floyd Zaunbrecher and wife Cena Mae; six sisters, Agusta Bollich, Bertha Breaux, Ramona Petry and husband Reno, Carolyn Guidry and husband Avert, Barbara Lenard and husband William and Jackie Francios and husband Allen.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Gardiner, Cody Zaunbrecher, John Thomas Zaunbrecher, Anthony Zaunbrecher, Vincent Zaunbrecher, Kirk Zaunbrecher and Stuart Broussard.
Honorary pallbearers will be Louis Chop, Jeff Chop, Todd Chop and W. L. Blackman.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caretakers who took such excellent care of Vincent "Dad." They came into his life as strangers but will forever remain family. Shirley Tyson, Dena Hawthorn, Sheila Falgout, Kim Bishop and Cara Duncan.
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