Guy Waggenspack

Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Guy Joseph Waggenspack, M.D., 77, a native of Gonzales, La. and a resident of Houma, La., died peacefully at Terrebonne General Hospital after a brief illness Monday, January 28, 2008, at 6:37 a.m.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Jody; six children, Mark Waggenspack, Mary Karam and husband, George, Beth Ruiz and husband, James, John Waggenspack, Susan Delaune and husband, Warner, and Joan Chastain and husband, Sonny; two brothers and their wives, Laville and Betty Waggenspack and Dr. Clay and Augusta Waggenspack; one sister, Carmel Mask; and 18 beloved grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Helene and Clay Waggenspack.

Guy was born in Gonzales and graduated from St. Aloysius High School in New Orleans. He graduated from LSU in Baton Rouge and LSU Medical School in New Orleans. After completing his studies there, he married Jody Harper of Minden. He completed two years of duty in the Air Force in Wichita Falls, Texas. Upon completion of his pediatric residency, he moved with his family to Houma in 1961 where he began his private practice in pediatrics until his retirement in January 1996.

Throughout his life he had a great love of God and family. As he said on the day he retired, he “wanted to fish, hunt, grow roses and chase his grandchildren.” He was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener. He loved sharing his harvest of vegetables and roses with his neighbors, friends and family. A quiet, gentle and humble man, he treated all with kindness and respect.

He was involved in many civic and community activities. He served on the Board of Directors at Terrebonne General Hospital, was a volunteer at the Bayou Region Hospice, St. Vincent de Paul pharmacy and served for more than 20 years as the pediatrician at the St. Louis Infant Center.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and retired pediatrician.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Bayou Region Hospice, St. Louis Infant Center or St. Vincent de Paul pharmacy.

He was a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

He was buried at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery No. 2.

Chauvin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.