IN LOVING MEMORY OF EUGENE J. DEDEAUX With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and over 50-year resident of Gardena, Eugene "Pete" Dedeaux, on Sunday, June 24, 2012, in Torrance at the age of 92. Eugene was born in New Orleans, LA, on August 16, 1919, to Eugene Walter and Anita Remy Dedeaux, the third oldest of seven children. He honorably served 20 years in the US Army and retired as a Major in 1963. He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Gloria, in 1999, and later by his son, Douglas, daughter-in-law, Corinne, and son-in-law, Scott Smith. His older brother, Norman W. Dedeaux, Sr., Concord, CA, recently passed away on April 30, 2012, at the age of 94. Eugene is survived by his oldest son Don, daughter-in-law, Elaine (Douglas), his daughter's Denise (Don) Gilpin, Diane Smith, and Deborah and grandchildren; John Dedeaux, Michelle (William) Roberts, John (Donka) Dubuque, Daniel Dedeaux, Ryan (Terrah) Smith, Bryan (Kate) Dedeaux, James Dubuque, Joseph Dedeaux, great-grandchildren; Alexandra Aleman, Tyler Dubuque, Kendall Dedeaux, Athena Dubuque, Stephanie Dubuque, Sam Krise, Peyton Grace Dedeaux and Carter Vincent Smith as well as his siblings; brother, Edwin Dedeaux, Hayward, CA and sister Anita Deljuidice, Laguna Hills, CA, and his many loving relatives and friends who will always cherish his memory. We would also like to give special recognition to his daughter, Deborah, who was there for him in every way. Without her and the help of his loyal personal caregivers, especially David, Luis and Maggie, dad would have been lost. Our gratitude to them is eternal; you gave him a special gift, thank you. Visitation will be held at Rice Mortuary on Thursday, July 5, 2012, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. A 10:00 am mass will be held on Friday, July 6, 2012, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church Gardena and graveside services at Riverside National Cemetery promptly at 1:45 pm. A "Celebration of Life" luncheon will be held immediately following at the home of Eugene's eldest son, Don Dedeaux, 24076 Rubi Ct., Wildomar, CA 92595 If you anticipate attending the celebration, please RSVP to Don Dedeaux before July 2, 2012, at (951) 677-7013 or (714) 287-0117. For those requesting, please be aware that due to the July 4th holiday, flowers cannot be received at the mortuary until July 5, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at

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  1. My heart goes out to all of you. I know the Major was loved and cared for by a loving family. I’ll never forget coming to hang out with Debbie as a kid and always making sure to greet him. He insisted. As an adult I now understand he was teaching me respect. I’ll never forget him. Much Love, Michelle DuBois

  2. I didn’t know your dad personally however you have been an amazing daughter and caregiver to him. My condolences to the family. May you be comforted during this time Deborah. I love you. Hugging you xoxo

  3. Dear Mr Dedeaux, I know you’re in good hands and welcomed by Gloria and Doug, I am sure you are all walking hand in hand through paradise. Yes you will be missed here on earth, but where you are you can enjoy eternity in a joyful way. Your Spirit is free now. God Bless Your Soul. Peace, Love and Joy is your Eternity. Love, Julie Arevalo

  4. Deborah you are in my prayers. You were always there for your father. You cancelled so many events for yourself to make sure he was always safe and comfortable. Do not feel guilty for you are a great daughter. Love Eileen

  5. I am very grateful for the opprotuninty to have known the Dedeaux’s I look forward to the time when I will see Mr. Dedeaux & his family again. May God always bless you. Love David ,

  6. I am very grateful for the opprotuninty to have known the Dedeaux’s I look forward to the time when I will see Mr. Dedeaux & his family again. May God always bless you. Love David ,

  7. To Deborah, Don, Denise, Diane and ALL FAMILY MEMBERS – It is with our deepest sympathy and condolences that we send to you on the passing of “Uncle Pete”. He sure enjoyed a good and long life and was Loved by all. May the Peace of Our Lord be with you to comfort you knowing that He is re-united in Heaven with his Wife, Son, immediate and huge list of family members who will greet him “home”. My Dad, Norman, his older brother has only been gone since April 30th. and probably can’t wait to give him a little of a (smile) hard time. He will remain in our memories and Prayers always. See you at the Funeral. Our LOVE to ALL, Niece Sandra DeDeaux-Parker & Dick Parker

  8. Denise and Family. Please know how much you are thought about during thes very difficult time. It only helps to know that your Dad is now with your Mom and no longer in pain. Much Love and Prayers Barb

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family of this incredible man. He has left behind a legacy to be proud of in his children and extended family. I feel honored that I am lucky enough to know his family and to have met him.

  10. uncle pete was always funny,even when he wasn’t trying.he loved his dodgers and rams and we had to hear abuot it when they won.will miss you and we all love you. the de deaux’s of tracy,ca

  11. Many thoughts and prayers to the whole family during this time of grief. Gene had lived a long, wonderful and productive life helping and serving many people in different aspects of his life.

  12. We are very sorry for your loss. I have known members of this family for over 20 yrs. I know he lived a long & happy life surrounded by his big loving family. May he rest in peace.

  13. To Deborah Dedeaux and Family, I am so saddened by your by your loss. I have the utmost respect for caregiving and family and my heart is with you. Deborah, you have been caregiving for so long that I know this is a personal turning point in your spiritual growth. My thoughts are with you all today and all days. May your family be blessed.

  14. Gene was such a super person who showed us much love over the 50 years we have lived in the same Gardena neighborhood. Gene made us feel special whether it was just stopping by the house to say hello or inviting us to attend functions with him. Ten years ago at our 50th wedding anniversary celebration, Gene graciously took photos and video which we cherish. We appreciated his selfless involvement in our Gardena community over the many years, including Governor of our St. Anthony parish and participation in city government including establishing Gardena’s home beautification program. We will miss our dear friend Gene.

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