Colonel Louis Greenwood Cancienne passed away peacefully in his home at 11:48 PM on Sunday, September 2, 2018. He was born December 5, 1934, to the late Lillian Julia Greenwood and Louis Jack Cancienne in Napoleonville, LA.
He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from LSU in 1956 and a M.S in Personnel Counseling and Guidance. He received his commission in the Army in 1957 and served 30 years on active duty including leadership and staff assignments in the United States, Germany (2 tours), Vietnam and Korea. Leadership positions include Commander of a Nike Hercules nuclear missile artillery unit in Germany; Assistant Professor, Seattle University, Professor at Nicholls State University; Military College Faculty Member at the Air Command & Staff College; Battalion Commander, Air Defense Artillery, Ft. Hood, TX; Area Commander, Third ROTC Region, Ft. Riley, KS; Secretary, Air Defense Artillery School, Ft. Bliss, Texas and lastly Commandant of Cadets/ Professor of Military Science at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, meritorious Service Medal with three oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Astrid Neugebauer Cancienne, father of the late Michelle Cancienne, Stephanie Cancienne, David Cancienne and wife Lisa, and grandson Cameron, brother of Mary Cancienne Ellis, and the late Douglas Cancienne and David Cancienne. He is survived by nieces Kimberly Ellis Krakowski and Missy Ellis Wilson, and brother-in-law Dr. Klaus Neugebauer and wife Ulla, and daughters Kathrin Schaetzle and Toni Seidel. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Cadets of the Old War Skule at LSU, and American Legion. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services on Friday, September 7, 2018, at St George Catholic Church, 7808 St. George Dr., Baton Rouge. Visitation will be from 11:00AM until a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 PM.
Entombment will follow in St. George Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.