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Obituary: Herman Jude Zeringue Football 1946-48 and Military Veteran – Oct. 10, 2013

OBITUARY/Herman Jude Zeringue


Herman Jude Zeringue was born at Cofield  Plantation at Point Houmas, in Ascension Parish, Louisiana on April 7, 1923 to Irene Brou and Rene’ Victor Zeringue and died on October 10, 2013. Herman spent his early years growing up in Lutcher, Louisiana with his five brothers and sister. He graduated in 1941 from Lutcher High School, having lettered in football his junior and senior years and received a football scholarship to attend Southwestern Louisiana College.

Herman served in the US Army Air Corp (predecessor to the US Air Force), primarily in the Pacific theatre based in Kauai, HI, from July 3, 1942 through November 1945. Herman continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve from December 1945 through December 1948. Herman returned to Southwestern Louisiana College on the GI Bill to receive his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. He was a member of Theta Kappa Phi and received the Blue Key Award and received the 1947 Faculty Sportsmanship Trophy. Herman went on to earn his MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1951 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Herman went to work for General Electric in Indianapolis, IN, then joined Freeport Sulphur Company, (now Freeport McMoran) moving his family back to LA, and fulfilling roles in engineering and management throughout his career.

Herman retired in 1984 and relocated from New Orleans, LA to Diamondhead, MS where he was active in the VFW, Mississippi Seniors Golf Association and Diamondhead Community Church for twenty-six years. Golf, woodworking, travel, family and friends were the mainstays of his life in Diamondhead. For the last 22 months, he has resided at Springridge Court at Charbonneau in Wilsonville, OR.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Eileen Overbey Zeringue and their three daughters; Sharon Z. Evers and her husband Mark E. Evers, Dion Z. Forcier and her husband James X(?) Forcier and Cherie D. Zeringue and her husband John F. Wallace. Herman thoroughly enjoyed his seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held at the Tualatin Presbyterian Church in Tualatin, OR on October 19, 2013 and internment at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR on October 21, 2013.

Contributions may be made in Herman’s honor to the Diamondhead Community Church Memorial Garden in Diamondhead, MS.


Submitted by Cherie D. Zeringue, daughter, on Oct. 18, 2013.