Ourso Funeral Home


Douglas Eugene Rachal

April 4, 1939October 14, 2020

Douglas Eugene Rachal, a native of Natchitoches and resident of Gonzales, passed away on October 14, 2020 at the age of 81. He was an avid LSU and Saints fan who enjoyed any football, fishing, woodworking and his animals. He leaves memories of family dinners at Piccadilly every Sunday! He had the biggest sweet tooth! He adored and loved his family deeply. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Virginia Jacobs Rachal; two daughters, Deborah Culpepper (Bobby) and Melanie Lewis (Lawrence); and three grandchildren, Robert M. Cuplpepper, Carson and Connor Lewis. He is preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Lucille Rachal; and son-in-law, Robert E. Culpepper. The family would like to give a special thanks to the Kith and Kin Care Givers of Baton Rouge for their care and compassion. A private service will be held at this time for the family at Ourso Funeral Home in Gonzales. Burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge. If you would like to offer the family condolences, please sign the online guestbook at


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Deborah Culpepper

October 21, 2020

Growing up I will never forget playing checkers with him , watching scary movies, and his own personal ghost stories. My dad being an only child was spoiled rotten, but when my son came along he gave my dad a run for his money! My dad was a child still at heart in many ways. He loved his family and loved nothing more than to have us all together eating a family dinner. I know he is gathering his family on the other side together and enjoying every minute of this reunion as I often told him would happen in Heaven. I know it’s so much better than I could ever explain! Until we meet again..... 😘

Melanie Lewis

October 20, 2020

My dad was very sweet and very over protective. Even in the end, he worried about how I was doing. I will miss him so much. He was a wonderful dad.


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