Nov. 23, 1937-Sept. 18, 2019
Huey E. Rachal, a long-time resident of Natchitoches, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at the age of 81.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1-2 p.m. at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at the Rachal Cemetery in Marco at 2:30 p.m.
Huey was born Nov. 23, 1937, in Marco. The son of a farmer, Huey learned the value of hard work at an early age, which helped develop his strong will, determination and hard work ethic. Huey enlisted in the Marine Corps right after graduating from Cloutierville High School. After an Honorable Discharge he worked as a firefighter with the Pineville Fire Department and then began his career in law enforcement with the Pineville Police Department. He and his family moved to Natchitoches Parish where he continued his career with the Natchitoches Police Department. Huey was dedicated and driven and was quickly promoted to Lieutenant. He was respected and well-liked by fellow officers and all who knew him.
An avid hunter and fisherman, he and his family built a home on Bayou Pierrewhere he spent his retirement years as a commercial fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Geraldine Rachal; two daughters, Janet Rachal Lott and Melinda A. Rachal, both of Natchitoches; son, Nathan H. Rachal of Natchitoches; grandson, Cody D. Lott; granddaughter, Shelby Rachal of Natchitoches; Huey’s brother, “JC” Joseph Rachal of Deville; and his sister, Cecelia Rachal Prudhomme of Natchitoches.
He was preceded in death by his parents, McKinley Rachal and Louise Duthile Rachal; sisters, Velma Rachal Lutrell and Bessie Rachal Delrie, both of Pineville; grandson, Christopher H. Rachal of Natchitoches; and granddaughter, Crystal Rachal Hebert of Benton.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Huey’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to a charity of your choice.