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Leonard ‘Jap’ Dorsey

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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:00 pm

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Pellerin Funeral Home in New Iberia for Leonard “Jap” Dorsey, 69, who died on Monday, April 29, 2013, in New Iberia, after a lengthy battle with “Agent Orange.”

Entombment will follow in Holy Family Cemetery.

The Rev. Ed Degeyter will officiate.

A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Pellerin Funeral Home in New Iberia. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

A native and longtime resident of New Iberia, “Jap” served his country in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Sports Center and Domino Hall and with his children and family. A graduate of New Iberia High School, he was a former football player for the late Coach Baston Dugas and was a member of the New Iberia Boxing Club, having boxed in the Golden Gloves Competition in Lafayette. “Jap” took pride with all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with all of them. He loved them all very much.

Survivors include his wife, Terry Gary Dorsey, of New Iberia; children Suzanne D. Prince and husband, Brian, of Lafayette, Donna D. Cassisa and husband, Vincent, of New Iberia, Gladys D. Giarratano and husband, Michael, of New Iberia, Duane L. “Bulldog” Dorsey and wife, Kimberly, of New Iberia, Jared P. Dorsey and wife, Ashley, of Lafayette and Ella Betty Dorsey; grandchildren Thadd Prince and wife, Peggy, Brock Prince and wife, Reed and Ryan Prince all of Lafayette, Jonathan Dorsey of New Iberia, Jennifer Cassisa of New Iberia, Rachael Giarratano and Seth Giarratano both of New Iberia, Kyler Dorsey and wife, Tiffany, of New Iberia, Jordan Dorsey of Lafayette, Caitlin Boudreaux and Nicholas Boudreaux both of New Iberia, Linden Dorsey of Lafayette; great-grandchildren Zedric, Baylie, Hayes, Hunter, Ollie Grace, Braxton, Tyra, Kashtyn, Chase and Zachary, who is due to arrive any moment.

He is also survived by his sister Ruby D. Guilbeaux of Lydia; half-brothers Johnny Dore of New Iberia and Michael Dore of Cade; stepsisters Judy D. Gorman of Delcambre and Judy D. Baker of New Iberia; stepbrothers Allen Dorsey of New Iberia and Eddie Dorsey of Loreauville.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Estus Dore and Ella Broussard Dorsey Dore; brother J.C. Dorsey; stepbrothers Walter Dore, Joseph “Joe-Joe” Dore, Leonard “Coco” Dorsey and Ricky Dorsey; stepsister Ruby Dore.

Pallbearers will be Thadd Prince, Brock Prince, Ryan Prince, Jonathan Dorsey, Seth Giarratano, Kyler Dorsey, Jordan Dorsey and Nicholas Boudreaux.

Honorary pallbearers include Moise Romero, Harry Bayard, Gill Primeaux, John Broussard, Pat Gros, Jimmy Derouen, Bobby Broussard, Cliff Breaux, Ray Dartez and former members of the New Iberia Boxing Club and the Sports Center Crew.

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Pellerin Funeral Home, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia, LA 70560, 365-3331, is in charge of arrangements.

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