Benny Ray Stracener was the youngest of five children born to Beaver Ray and Dorothy Fay Shirley Stracener. He was born in DeRidder, LA on March 6, 1962, and passed away July 28, 2023.
He was a country boy at heart, growing up in the woods of Dry Creek, he loved to hunt and fish. He lived life by his own design, chasing the joys of life, then chasing it with a shot of Wild Turkey.
Like many before him, he enjoyed endless cups of community dark roast coffee, a cigarette in one hand and beer in the other, porch sittings, and the endless melodious cries of his cows. Never mind the occasional off tone cry, none were sick, it was just him attempting to reply.
He retired from LA DOTD as a mobile equipment operator with over twenty years of state service after his long list of other careers including owning his own wrecker service and pretending to be a lightning rod. At times he could be found in his boat, launching from Ripley’s and heading to his secret corner on the Calcasieu. At other times he could not be found because he was hunting for wild prey.
When it came to TV, he only entertained action movies featuring Steven Stegal or Jean-Claude Van Damme or classic westerns featuring John Wayne.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Beverly Stracener and Joyce Allemang.
Those left to remember and reenact his shenanigans; two daughters, Miranda "Mandie" (Luke) Trahan and Carey Stracener and the others he claimed/unclaimed; four grandchildren, Damion Stracener, Lauren Brinson, Kammie Trahan, and Jessie Trahan; two brothers, Billy (Darlene) Stracener and Bobby (Traci) Stracener; and a brother-in-law James Allemang.
Family to host celebration of life Friday, August 4, 2023, at 3pm in the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home of Moss Bluff. Visitation will be held Friday, August 4, 2023, from 1pm to 3pm. In keeping with Benny’s wishes, he will go out with a shot of whiskey and a BANG!
Benny’s life was far from mundane, family invites you to leave a memory of any kind in a basket near the register book.