August 8, 1925 ~ August 14, 2003
E.J. 'Al' Duplantis, 78, passed away August 14, 2003. Survived by his wife of 51 years, Celeste Duplantis; children, Marcia (Tony) Sefcovic of Pueblo, Roxanne Hatfield of Phoenix, AZ, Marie (Craig) Webb of Colorado Springs and Paul (Sharron) Duplantis of Phoenix; grandchildren, Jennifer Hatfield, Callie and McKenzie Sefcovic, Irene Webb and Vaughn Duplantis; brother, Paul J. (Helen) Duplantis of Port Neches, TX; brother-in-law, Benny (Elodia) Bell of Las Cruces, NM; sisters-in-law, Louise Artz of Battle Creek, MI, Madeline (James) Jones Alexandria, LA and Yvonne (Bob) Thomas of Jamestown, NC; numerous nieces and nephews. Al was born August 8, 1925, in Abbeville, LA and served in the U.S. Army as a medic during WWII. For 39 years, he managed several Montgomery Wards department stores including the Pueblo store from 1975 until his retirement in 1988. He was an active member and usher for Christ the King Church. Al was very committed to the Pueblo community and was past president of United Way, served on the Boards of Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Colorado National Bank, Colorado State Fair and State Retailers Association, and was on the advisory Board of Assistance League of Pueblo. Al was also an avid golfer and enjoyed daily walks with his wife. As per his request, there will be no viewing. Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday, August 18, 2003, in the parish hall at Christ the King Church, 1708 Horseshoe, with the Rev. Father Tom Adrians as celebrant. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team and interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to DAV, through the funeral home.