Rodney Sean Gaspard, Sr., 83, of Lake Charles, died Monday, July 6, 2020, at home.
He was raised in the marsh below Gueydan at White Lake, where his dad was the caretaker of White Lake Lodge and 20,000 acres for Standard Oil Company. He graduated from Abbeville High School and went on to Missouri Bible College. He began his work life with Standard Oil/AMOCO in the Fee Land Department.
In 1963, he started AGCO Auto Parts which was a salvage and scrap operation that he successfully ran, along with his wife for 32 years.
In 1995, he closed AGCO and semi-retired. He was a fishing guide on Big Lake. In 1998, he began to guide for Grosse Savanne Lodge, owned by Sweet Lake Land and Oil Company.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Ann Courtney Gaspard; daughter, Rhonda Renee Gaspard Tullos (John) of Lake Charles; son, Rodney Sean Gaspard, Jr. (Christie) of Kemah, Texas; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister Viola Gaspard Copeland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rene John and Cecile Faulk Gaspard.
His funeral service was held Saturday, July 11, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Andrew Martin officiated. Burial followed in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles.