Joseph F. Raley, 77, of Lake Charles, died Friday July 22 in a local hospital.
He was born August 25, 1933 in Avenue, MD to John D. and Mary Evelyn Bailey Raley. Joseph served in the United States Air Force, based at Chenault and was a member of the American Legion, Krewe of Amicus and Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. He was an insurance agent with Allstate for 30 years in Lake Charles.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 55 years, Frances Landry Raley, Lake Charles, two sons, Scott Raley and wife Ellen, of Lake Charles, Gregory Raley and wife Tanya of West Columbia, Texas; three daughters, Jeanne McDonald and husband John, of Lake Charles, Colleen Smith and husband Gary, of Lake Charles, Paula Raley, of Lake Charles; grandchildren, Sean and wife, Katie McDonald, Shane and husband, Jonathan Foret, Chad and wife, Holly Paulk, Ross Raley, Adam Raley, Beth Raley, Greg and wife, Jill Raley, Grant and wife, Danielle Raley, Gray Raley, DeSean Smith, and Brit'ny Rudd; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Julia Jones, Napa Valley, CA; and lifelong friend Darline Huval.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 PM Monday July 25, 2011 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church with Msgr. Danny Torres officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday at Johnson Funeral Home with a rosary and scripture service being held at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 9:00 AM until 1:30 PM Monday at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Consolota Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Foret, Chad Paulk, Ross Raley, Adam Raley, Greg Raley, Grant Raley, Gray Raley, DeSean Smith, Sean McDonald.
The family would like to express a special appreciation to his dedicated caregivers Jean Alfred, Sue Brooks, and Judy Thomas for all the compassionate care.