Fred Berteau celebrates 101st birthday at Ascension Oaks

Darian Graivshark
Fred Berteau (middle) with daughter Pam Mayers (left) and son Billy Berteau (right) celebrating his 101st birthday.

Up until the age of 96, Fred Berteau was very active in his life. He was born on September 22, 1917.

Berteau suffered a four-wheeler accident, which crushed his pelvis. This caused nerve damage and lessened his ability to be active anymore.

He was one of nine kids in his family. He is considered the middle child and was the only one who was born in St. Gabriel. One of his older brothers, who has passed away, almost reached the age of 100 before Fred.

With four children of his own, two sons and two daughters, the family has continued to grow. There are more than 10 grandchildren in the family, as well as two great-grandchildren.

Despite being 101, Berteau still has a very active and sharp mind. If it wasn't for his accident, he'd still be doing everything he did before. However, he is still great at math, even if he can't read particularly well. Berteau also lost a lot of his hearing because of the accident five years ago.

A Beagle by the name of Joey is Berteau's companion, and was always an addition to his outdoorsman lifestyle. Duck hunting, fishing, squirrel hunting, and taking care of his chickens are just a few things that Berteau always loved to do.

Over the years, Berteau got to travel throughout the United States to places like Michigan, where he got to work on apple and cherry orchards. Berteau was also a longshoreman for a while in the oil field industry. He worked as a contractor at Borden Chemical before retiring at the age of 62.

Once Berteau retired, he spent most of his time in the woods and visiting one of his brothers in Michigan. Berteau would retreat to his camp in Spanish Lake, Alligator Bayou area to spend more time outdoors.

Pam Mayers, a daughter of Berteau, said, "I think my favorite memory with him was duck hunting. It was always so amazing to watch, because he could knock of three of them at one time.

"A really funny thing that happened within the last few years was when we were both in my car. I have bluetooth in my car, and a relative was calling me, so I answered it. Fred was in the car with me and was confused by the voice that was coming through the speakers. He kept asking where the person was that was on the phone because Fred couldn't see her. It definitely shows how much everything has changed over the years," Mayers said.

Billy Berteau, one of Fred's sons, said, "My favorite memory would probably be camping with him. It was always very peaceful and fun to learn from him."

Fred was also a die-hard democrat, and never missed a year of voting until his accident occurred. He hopes, however, that as time goes on, people will learn to respect the title of the President, whether they like who is running or not.

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