Grand Coteau- A Mass of Christian Burial, for Charles "PaHoney" Ray Hession, age 99, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Grand Coteau. Rite of Committal will be held in the church cemetery.
Ray passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, September 16, 2017, in Sunset with his daughter and care givers at his side. A lifelong resident of Sunset he graduated from Lafayette High School and went on to receive his B.S. degree in Agriculture from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He joined the United States Navy and trained to be a pilot. He flew the sea plane known as the PBY.
He married Barbara "Bobbie" Boudreau on June 7, 1945 and they were stationed in Miami and Kansas before returning to Sunset after World War II. He decided to work the family farm and raised a herd of 75 Holstein cattle to support the dairy. Most of the cattle were raised on bottles right in the middle of Sunset. He continued working the dairy farm and also began rice and crawfish farming. Ray was still crawfish farming at 95.
He and Bobbie were married for 65 years and enjoyed dancing, going on cruises and having lots of fun traveling wherever the next trip may have been. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and fixing things. Ray loved being a volunteer for the Sunset Fire Department and cooking for the American Legion. The golf cart rides around Sunset to see his pecans and orange trees brought him great happiness over the past few years.
He is survived by his three children, Bobby Hession and wife, Sandra Belle Miller, Brenda Hession Ogden and husband, Joseph, Kay Hession Herpin and husband, Tony; his eight grandchildren, Laurie Leifer Carlson, Brandon Leifer and wife, Jenifer, Linzie Hession Sommer and husband, Justin, Joseph Ogden III and wife, April, Steven Ogden and wife, Melinda, Robert Ogden and wife Destiny, Emily Herpin Wiltz and husband, Ryan, and Melanie Herpin and fiancé Jeremy Hoffpauir; his 19 great-grandchildren, Courtney Leifer, Alayna Carlson, Abigail Leifer, Victoria Leifer, Ashlyn Ogden, Faith Ogden, Wade Ogden, Hailey Ogden, Gabrielle Ogden, Madelyn Ogden, Cecilia Ogden, Layla Ogden, Patrick Ogden, Thomas Wiltz, Sydney Wiltz, Riley Hoffpauir, Reed Hoffpauir, Noah Hoffpauir and Isaac Hoffpauir.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Barbara "Bobbie" Boudreau Hession and his parents, Patrick and Bernadette Hession.
The family requests visitation be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Sibille Funeral Home in Grand Coteau. A rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. The funeral home will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 until 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Heart of Hospice, 1100 Bertrand Dr., Lafayette, LA 70506 or Operation We Care (monthly care packages for troops), #1 St. Ann P.O. Box 8542, Mandeville, LA 70470.
Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Grand Coteau.
Mrs. Kay, Mr. Tony, Emily and Melanie,
I always enjoyed being around PaHoney, we are sorry for all of your loss. We will be out of town this weekend so will not be able to attend services. We are sending prayers to all of you.
Ali (Wiltz) and Clay Vincent
Riley, Ramsie and Eleanor
Ali and Ckay VincentKaplan, LA
my thoughts and prayers are with the family, know he will be missed. God Bless you all.
Janice Stellyopelousas, LA