Robert Irby "Bob" Didier
Published in The Advocate from February 12 to February
fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith."
2 Timothy 4:7.
Robert "Bob" Irby Didier Jr., 92, went to meet his Savior on
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at 5:40 p.m. A native of Marksville, he was born
Sept. 14, 1918. The family moved to Baton Rouge in 1936.
He was a longtime resident of Baton Rouge. He was a veteran of World War
II and received a Purple Heart Medal, having been wounded and captured
during the Italian Campaign, and held as a POW. He graduated from Marksville
High School and attended LSU in Baton Rouge.
Bob followed in his father's footsteps in a successful banking career,
serving that industry for 40 years, progressing from a runner to president
and retiring as executive vice president of the Louisiana Bankers Association.
Prior to his commitment to the armed forces, Bob played professional baseball
as a catcher. He was owned by the Memphis Chicks of the Southern Association
League. Because of his wounds sustained in World War II, he was unable
to continue in that career; however, he did participate in semi-pro baseball
in the Baton Rouge area.
He was an excellent golfer, winning many tournaments and enjoyed teaching
golf to others. He was also an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and
fishing all through his life with his father, brothers, nephews and friends.
He served the community through his many civic and philanthropic associations,
including FFA (Future Farmers of America), for which he was awarded an
honorary degree for outstanding services.
He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Rotary International, the Louisiana
School of Banking of the South and was also active in the Louisiana Association
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Joyce Odom Didier; four
stepchildren, Jack C. Odom Jr., of Minneapolis, Dale Odom, of Baton Rouge,
Mark Odom and wife Melissa, of Covington, and Carol Odom Essick, of Branson,
Mo.; four stepgrandchildren, Micah and Morgan Odom, both of Covington,
and Cameron and Calli Essick, both of Branson; two brothers, Melvin Didier
Sr. and wife Elena, of Phoenix, and Gerald Didier Sr. and wife Marti,
of Baton Rouge; two sisters-in-law, Adene Sellers Didier, of Thibodaux,
and Genevieve Judice Didier-DeWitt, of Baton Rouge; and many nieces and
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Irby Didier Sr. and Edith
Pilcher Didier; three brothers, Raymond Didier Sr., Clyde Didier Sr. and
Pearce Didier Sr.; and by his first wife of 54 years, Jessie McMurray
Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 1000 Florida Blvd., will be
held on Monday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. until services beginning at 2 p.m.,
to be conducted by the Rev. Chuck Mitchell and the Rev. Keith Zachary.
Interment will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park 9595 Florida Blvd.
Pallbearers will be Jack C. Odom Jr., Dale Odom, Mark Odom, Nathan L.
"Butch" Carriere Jr., Brian Didier and Clyde Didier Jr. Honorary
pallbearers are Howard Reitz, Melvin Didier Sr., Gerald Didier Sr., Gerard
Ruth and Ned Clark.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bryan Bienvenue and staff. Donations
can be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , P.O. Box 50,
Memphis, TN 38101-0050.