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Glenn Conway LeBleu
Louisiana State Representative for
District 36 (Calcasieu and Cameron parishes)

In office
May 1964 – March 1988
Preceded by Alvin Dyson
Succeeded by Randy Roach
Personal details
Born (1918-10-04)October 4, 1918
Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died October 11, 2007 (aged 89)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Resting place McCall Cemetery in Grand Chenier in Cameron Parish
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Virgie Annie McCall LeBleu (married 1950-2007, his death)
Children No children
Residence Cameron Parish, Louisiana
Alma mater McNeese Junior College

Colorado A&M University
Louisiana State University

Occupation Farmer and cattleman

Glenn Conway LeBleu, known as Conway LeBleu (October 4, 1918 – October 11, 2007),[1] was a Democrat who served six terms from 1964 to 1988 in the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 36 in southwestern Louisiana, encompassing Calcasieu and Cameron County|parishes.[2]

Background[]

A native of Lake Charles, the seat of government of Calcasieu Parish, LeBleu graduated in 1935 from the former Lake Charles High School, now Lake Charles Boston High School, and joined a geophysical crew for Shell Oil. He was also a warehouse worker for Mobil Oil until 1942, when he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, forerunner of the Air Force. He served during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations and in Korea until his honorable discharge in 1946.[3]

After the war, LeBleu attended McNeese State University, then McNeese Junior College in Lake Charles, and Colorado State University, then Colorado A&M University, in Fort Collins, Colorado. He graduated in 1950 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.[3]

Mrs. LeBleu, the former Virgie Annie McCall (1918-2016), was a home economics teacher in public schools and at the then McNeese State College. A descendant of a pioneer Cameron Parish family, her father, Thomas W. McCall, was for forty years the Cameron Parish school superintendent.A native of Grand Chenier, she was active in the establishment of the Cameron Parish Library and her local Methodist churches.[4]

Career[]

Conway and Virgie married in 1950 and established their residence in Cameron Parish. They survived the deadly Hurricane Audrey in 1957 but moved to Lake Charles after Hurricane Rita in 2005. He was a member of the Cameron Parish Cattleman's Association, the Farm Bureau, and the Optimist Club. He was active in the Sabine River Authority, the administrative agency for the Toledo Bend Reservoir project. He was a member of the Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association, the Cameron Waterworks Board, and the Cameron Parish Police Jury, the parish governing body akin to the county commission in most other states.[3][4]

In 1964, LeBleu was elected to the state House to succeed Alvin Dyson, the three-term member from Cameron Parish.[2] LeBleu served under three Governors, John McKeithen, Edwin Edwards, and David C. Treen. He worked to establish the Ellender Ferry Bridge and to upgrade evacuation routes from lower Cameron Parish. He also promoted tourism and sport fishing along the Gulf Coast.[3] LeBleu was posthumously inducted in 2014 into the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo because of his work in securing funding when the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, the home of the show, faced the possibility of closing. His efforts kept the structure in use for several years until a local maintenance tax was passed. LeBleu supported the livestock show and rodeo further by donating prize money and awards.[5]

In his last House election, LeBleu defeated an Independent opponent, Michael Tritico, 11,764 (74.9 percent) to 3,943 (25.1 percent).[6]

Family and legacy[]

Conway Charles LeBleu (1962–1993), a nephew of Conway and Virgie LeBleu,[4] was one of four agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms killed in the raid of the Branch Davidian compound headed by David Koresh in Waco, Texas. Federal officials said that they were searching for illegal weapons at the compound. More than eighty of the Branch Davidians died in a federal raid in April 1993 after a two-month standoff. Conway Charles LeBleu, who was killed on the first day of the crisis on February 28, is interred at Consolata Cemetery in Lake Charles.[7]

LeBleu died a week after his 89th birthday. He is interred alongside his wife, who outlived all of her immediate family,[4] at the McCall Cemetery in Grand Chenier.[8] Both Conway and Virgie LeBleu received the honor of being named "Cameron Parish Citizen of the Year."[4]

LeBleu's archival material is located at McNeese State University. The Conway LeBleu Memorial Bridge, also called the Gibbstown Bridge, over the Louisiana Intracoastal Waterway is named in his honor.[9]

References[]

  1. "Conway LeBleu". search.ancestry.com. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?gl=allgs&gss=sfs28_ms_f-2_s&new=1&rank=1&msT=1&gsfn=Conway&gsln=LeBleu&mswpn__ftp=Lake%20Charles%2C%20Calcasieu%2C%20Louisiana%2C%20USA&mswpn=34088&mswpn_PInfo=8-%7C0%7C1652393%7C0%7C2%7C3246%7C21%7C0%7C441%7C34088%7C0%7C&MSAV=1&msbdy=1918&cp=0&catbucket=p&uidh=000. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives: Calcasieu and Cameron parishes". house.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141006105414/http://house.louisiana.gov/H_PDFdocs/HouseMembership_History_CURRENT.pdf. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Biographical Sketch". http://www.ereserves.mcneese.edu/depts/archive/lebleu075.htm. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Virgie Annie McCall LeBleu". Findagrave.com. https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=LeBleu&GSfn=Virgie&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=20&GScnty=1120&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=167179541&df=all&. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  5. "Southwest District Livestock Show & Rodeo Announces Hall of Fame Inductees". lakecharles.com. February 6, 2014. http://lakecharles.com/2014/02/southwest-district-livestock-show-rodeo-announces-hall-fame-inductees/. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  6. "Election Results". Louisiana Secretary of State. October 22, 1983. http://www.staticresults.sos.la.gov/10221983/10221983_Legislative.html. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  7. Gloria Bello (December 21, 2007). "Conway Charles LeBleu". findagrave.com. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=23511537&PIpi=8755087/. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  8. "SSGT Glenn Conway LeBleu". Findagrave.com. https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=LeBleu&GSfn=Glenn&GSmn=Conway&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=160413751&df=all&. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  9. "Description: Conway LeBleu Memorial Bridge". bestoftheroad.com. http://www.bestoftheroad.com/place/conway-lebleu-memorial-bridge-cameron/140556. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Alvin Dyson
Louisiana State Representative for
District 36 (Calcasieu and Cameron parishes)

Glenn Conway LeBleu
1964–1988

Succeeded by
Randy Roach

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