CECIL J. ESNEAULT
Mr. Cecil Joseph Esneault, 86, of 4221 Maine Street, Quincy, formerly of Grandview, Missouri, passed away at 6:47 a.m. Thursday (November 28, 2013) at Bickford Cottage.
Cecil was born on December 22, 1926 in the Mississippi River town of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. At 17, he graduated from high school and couldn*t wait to enlist in the service. He recalled hearing the D-Day invasion being reported on the radio as he went through his physical exam upon enlistment. His 18th birthday, and Christmas, was on a ship at sea in the Pacific.
In the summer of 1945, Cecil expected to participate in the invasion of Japan, as a crewman on a smaller ship that would move troops from a larger ship to a landing point on one of the islands of Japan. But the invasion did not happen. For his service during WW II, Cecil received the Phillippine Liberation Ribbon with one star and the Asisatic Pacific Ribbon with two stars. He also served his country during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
After a year of civilian life, Cecil enlisted in the Army Air Corps, soon to become the U.S. Air Force. His assignments took him to the Caribbean, and to Rantoul Air Force Base near Champaign, Illinois where he would be trained to service weather monitoring equipment. At the time, his first cousin Bertha Cavillon was married to a railroad worker in Chicago, Frank Rachowicz. On a family visit, Cecil met Frank*s sister Joanne Rachowicz, who would become his wife.
Their military marriage would take them to Shreveport, Louisiana; Boloxi, Mississippi; Bangor, Maine; a year apart in Iceland; Alexandria, Louisiana; Spangdahlem, Germany; and Oklahoma City where he would retire from the Air Force with 21 years of military service. After a year in central Florida, the family would settle in the Missouri suburbs of Kansas City. Cecil would finish his career as a civil service worker and then retire. In 2008, he was moved to Quincy to reside in an assisted living facility (Bickford Cottage) following medical complications.
Cecil is survived by two sons, Mark Cecil Esneault (Deborah) of Quincy and Gary Joseph Esneault (Dr. Kathy Brann) of Nashua, New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews in Lousiana.
Cecil was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne Josephine Rachowicz Esneault; three brothers, Robert Esneault, George Esneault and Alfred Esneault; and three sisters, Sadie Esneault Mauthe, Fay Esneault Decareaux, and Rhea Esneault Wirth.
The family will meet with friends on Monday (December 9, 2013) from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.
Mr. Esneault will be buried with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.