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Virgil J. "V.J." Boudreaux

January 31, 1932 — April 9, 2024

Orangefield, Tx


VIRGIL J. “V.J.” BOUDREAUX age 92, Orangefield, TX

V.J. Boudreaux, known affectionately by his family as “Pop,” 92, of Orangefield, Texas, passed away on April 9, 2024. 


He was born on January 31, 1932, to Andrew and Elmira Boudreaux and grew up in Orangefield, Texas, where he came to his final rest. He was a veteran serving proudly in the Korean War, during which time he was notified of his mother’s death. Pop was beloved by his family, and his unique sense of humor will live on in their memory. He was a provider and protector of his family and generous with his time and resources. After the war, he returned home, began working in the oil and gas industry, and ultimately retired from DuPont. He lived with a strong work ethic, which allowed him, in the evenings and weekends after work, to build a home for his family. It was here, for over 50 years, on what he called “Rancho Starvo,” that he and his dedicated wife, Melba, raised their children and came to enjoy many entertaining meals with the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. If you had to consider one gift of his legacy, it was raising children with a heart of gold and willingness to always put others first. That bread cast upon the water returned to him in abundance as his family cared for him so lovingly in his last days. 


Pop Boudreaux is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Elmira Boudreaux; his stepmother, Rose Boudreaux; and his dear son, Charlie Hillebrandt.


He is survived by his loving wife, Melba Boudreaux; his daughters, Gay Moncla (Randy) of Beaumont, and Dana Spitzer (Mike) of Tennessee; his son Johnny W. Boudreaux; and his daughter-in-law, Christi Hillebrandt of Sulphur, La. He is also survived by his sister, Bonnie Koonce of Calihand, Texas. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he enjoyed so much and who survive him are his five grandchildren: Colton Moncla (Jaclyn), Mason Moncla, Gatlin Moncla, Cole Hillebrandt (Carly), Carli Fuselier (Martin); and his seven great-grandchildren: Reece, Gavin and Ryan Fuselier, and Noah, Nora and Nash Hillebrandt. 


Pop was the consummate “simple man” in that he had only what he needed, and he knew the difference between what he needed and what he might want. Having said his goodbyes, as only he could, he asked not to have a memorial service, and his wishes were honored.

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