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J. E. Hixson & Sons

3001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA

OBITUARY

Ralph Edward Irving

December 30, 1925March 12, 2020

Ralph Edward Irving, age 94, of Lake Charles, Louisiana passed away on Thursday March 12, 2020. Ralph was born December 30, 1925 to Julius Irving and the former Sunshine Davenport.

Ralph met his wife Connie while he was the choir director at church and she had joined the choir in Leesville. They married in 1972 and moved to Lake Charles in 1981.

After teaching for 26 years as a band director, he retired with his last 15 years at Leesville High School. Following retirement, he went on to substitute in Lake Charles schools for several years. Ralph's passion was so great for music that he had a unique talent which was playing the piano with his left hand and the trumpet with his right hand simultaneously. Everyone that knew him enjoyed his witty sense of humor.

After serving in WWII in the South Pacific, he was called back to duty as a band director for the 13th Air Force at Warner Robins Georgia.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Connie Robertson Irving; three sons, Ralph Irving of Midland, Tx, Dr. Edward Irving (Ann) of Fort Worth, Tx, Ray Irving (Joy) of Midland, Tx; one daughter, Cynthia " Su Su" Vancil (Loyd) of Burton, Tx; one sister, Delores Pratka of Houston, Tx; two step-sons, Frank A. Leach, Jr. (Joy) of Gilchrist,Tx and John B. Leach (Sandra) of Toana, Va; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

The family will welcome friends at J. E. Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles on Sunday, March 15, 2020 starting at 2:00pm until 5:00pm and will resume on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 12:00pm until the time of service. Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Lake Charles on Broad St. at 2:00pm. Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens. The Rev. Weldon Bares will officiate at the services.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Harbor Hospice and their staff for their compassionate care.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com for the Irving family.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Connie Robertson Irving; three sons, Ralph Irving of Midland, Tx, Dr. Edward Irving (Ann) of Fort Worth, Tx, Ray Irving (Joy) of Midland, Tx; one daughter, Cynthia " Su Su" Vancil (Loyd) of Burton, Tx; one sister, Delores Pratka of Houston, Tx; two step-sons, Frank A. Leach, Jr. (Joy) of Gilchrist,Tx and John B. Leach (Sandra) of Toana, Va; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Services

  • Visiation Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Visiation Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 16, 2020

Memories

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Rory Platt

April 6, 2020

I remember the very sweet man subbing for me YEARS AGO at SJ Welsh. He had such a sweet spirit and I shall never forget the kind note he left! He was a truly gentleman!

Rory Platt

Kelly Carpenter

March 17, 2020

I’m so blessed to have known Mr. Ralph. Prayers to Mrs. Connie & his loved ones. Love, Kelly

steve welch

March 16, 2020

Meeting and getting to know Ralph and Connie changed the way I live my life. Very blessed to have had our lives cross paths. Steve

Nita Chambless

March 15, 2020

The best memory was when he was part of the Tropsnagol Five who played for our after football dances at the American Legion Hall. Dr. W.J. Garland on piano, Tarzan O’Donnel on drums, Ralph Irving on trumpet, Kat Rogers on saxophone and Allen Brown Riley on trombone.

Nita Chambless

March 15, 2020

Mr. Irving was our wonderful band director at Logansport High School in the ‘50s. He engaged the teenagers to continue to excel in music. There are many memories saved.

ED YOUNG

March 15, 2020

JUST A NOTE TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LIKED AND RESPECTED RALPH AS A PERSON AND PROFESSIONAL. I WORKED WITH RALPH AT LEESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL IN THE LATE 60'S. WHEN I LEFT THE PRINCIPALSHIP IN CALCASIEU PARISH I MOVED INTO PERSONNEL IN THE CENTRAL OFFICE IN LAEK CHARLES. .. I WOULD SEE RALPH AROUND TOWN FROM TIME TO TIME. WE HAD GREAT VISITS AND CATCH UP. HE WOULD SUBSTITUTE FOR ME ANYTIME I HAD A MUSIC OPENING IN THE PARISH AND HE HAD THE TIME. HE COULD HAVE BEEN HIRED FULL TIME IF HE WANTED. I HAVE TWO GRANDSONS, BOTH SHORT, AND HAD NO INTEREST IN BASKETBALL BECAUSE OF IT. I WOULD TELL THEM MY POINT GUARD AT LHS WAS SHORT AND STARTED AS A SOPH. AND STARTED IN BASEBALL. YOU CAN PLAY IT YOU HAVE TALENT REGARDLESS OF YOUR HEIGHT. YOU WERE A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR ME TO RELATE TO THEM., THEY STILL WOULD NOT PLAY. WE LIVE IN BATON ROUGE NOW THUS I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE FUNERAL. I JUST WANTED TO SAY HOW SORRY I WAS ABOUT RALPH AND AND HOW MUCH I LIKED HIM AND TO SAY HELLO TO YOU.
TAKE CARE AND I HOPE HE WENT EASY. ED YOUNG

Frances Jackson Freeman

March 15, 2020

Mr. Irving was my teacher and band director at Logansport High School in the 1950’s. He was a wonderful teacher and we all loved him. My father was Principal and hired Him. I believe it was his first teaching job. My Dad thought he was the very best. He was a leader in the community and organized a town band that played at events. He had a tremendous impact on the students, the school, and the town. Thanks to him I was in the band at NSU. Reading the story of his subsequent beautiful life was a great joy. His family was blessed to have such a father.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY