William "Bill" Desselle

April 17, 1947 ~ October 8, 2023

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the peaceful passing of William Curtis Desselle (fondly known as “Bill”) on October 8, 2023, in Groves, Texas. Bill was born on April 17, 1947, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Bill had a wonderful high school experience at La Grange High School where he was known for his sense of fun and adventure. He was a proud member of the cheerleading squad. After graduating high school, Bill was hired as an operator at Cities Service petroleum plant where he worked with dedication and commitment. He married Madelyn Walters from Sulphur, Louisiana, and they were blessed with three children. Bill was a man of faith and served on the church vestry at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sulphur. He also volunteered for several years with the Special Olympics, where he found great joy in helping others. With his hard work and dedication, Bill was eventually promoted to Supervisor of the Powerhouse at Citgo (the plant once known as Cities Service). In his free time, he enjoyed playing golf as well as going fishing and hunting. His favorite pastime was gathering family and friends to provide good food and good times. His energy could always light up any room or back porch.

He was preceded in death by his parents M.P. Mack Desselle and Lillie Mae Hantz Desselle, his sister Francis Pauline Plauche, and brother Johnny Mack Desselle, and granddaughter Chelsea Farmer.

He is survived by his daughter Sherry Desselle and her wife Elaine Maccio of Baton Rouge, his daughter Vicky Farmer and Jason Farmer of Nederland, Texas, and his son John Desselle and husband Phil Griggs of Baton Rouge. Additional survivors include the mother of his children, Madelyn Walters of Sulphur, Bill’s sister Beth Ann Michel and her husband Terry of Lake Charles, his grandchildren Dylan Farmer and wife Jessi Farmer, Jake Farmer, and Gavin Farmer, great grandchildren Graceyn and Tessa Farmer, his God-children Michael Istre and Clint Riquelmy, and many nieces and nephews who adored him.

Bill will always be remembered for sense of humor, his infectious smile, generous nature, and his commitment to his family, friends, and community. He touched the lives of many people and will be deeply missed. May his soul rest in peace.

Visitation be held on Friday, October 13, 2023, at 1:00 PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1700 Maplewood Dr. in Sulphur, LA. His memorial service will follow at 3:00 PM.

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  1. It is with great sadness we have lost one of the funniest men we could ever know. Bill
    always had a smile and kind words. We "porch monkeys" will never forget our scout trips.
    Hugs and kisses to his family. Margaret and Don Cubbage

  2. So very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. He was one of my classmates at LaGrange. He was a real "hoot". He lit up a room when he walked in. He was always joyful and his joy was infectious. I'm not surprised of his accomplishments. I know he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace little buddy.

  3. My sincere condolences to family and friends. I enjoyed every minute I had working with Bill at Cities Service/Citgo. He was always good natured and full of fun even in the most trying of times of operations at the power house. Through my career positions of maintenance planner, maintenance supervisor and later Power/Thermal Area Maintenance Supervisor we never had a cross word. Always working through outages and problems with a smile on our faces. He was a pleasure to work with and I counted him as a good friend as well as a coworker. He will be missed. Prayers for you all. May God give you peace and comfort during this time of loss of your loved one. J. Rick Humphrey

  4. Rest in Peace Bill. My condolences to your family and friends. Bill and I graduated from  LaGrange 1965. God Bless.

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