Kenneth Joseph Istre

February 21, 1950 ~ July 3, 2016

Kenneth Joseph Istre, 66, passed away at 5:00 pm on Sunday July 3rd in a local care facility.


Kenneth was born in Crowley, LA and has lived most of his life in Lake Charles. He was a graduate of Lagrange High School and McNeese State University, where he studied business and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.   Kenneth was the General Manager of the Ranch Truck Stop, Administrator of Casa de Vida, Area Manager of Sline Industrial Painters, General Manager of Evans Oil Company and a Senior Estimator for the Brock Group in Beaumont Texas.


Kenneth was an active member of the community serving two terms on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. He served ten years on the SWLA Mardi Gras Board of Directors and was a founding member of Krewe Des Amis, where he served as Captain for 31 years. He also served fifteen years on the ASA Girls Fast Pitch Board of Directors and the McNeese State University Alumni Board.


Many people remember him as “Coach Istre” as he coached at Our Lady Queen of Heaven School after college and coached on several of his daughters sports teams. Kenneth never met a stranger; he loved to talk politics and sports. He also loved being part of Mardi Gras in SWLA,   allowing him time to celebrate with good friends and family, especially his wife, Becky. In his spare time, he enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes, reading and building and impressive collection of books, and watching and keeping his own stats for local high school and college sports.


He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rebecca Primeaux Istre; his parents, Charles and Irene Istre; father and mother-in-law, Armand “Bill” and Velma “Jean” Primeaux and brother-in-law, David Sarsfield.


Kenneth is survived by three daughters, Kristen Orndoff and husband James of Lake Charles, Kourtney Istre of Lake Charles, Kara Istre and financé Benoit Laroche of Alberta, Canada; brother, Richard Istre and wife Barbara of Baton Rouge; sister, Ann Sarsfield Martin and husband Al of Lafayette; two grandchildren, Karter and Kamryn Orndoff, brother-in-laws, Armand J. Primeaux, Jr. and wife Nancy of Clinton, IL, Arthur W. Primeaux, M.D. and wife Gayla of Lake Charles, Russell O. Primeaux and wife Valerie of Baton Rouge and Christopher J. Primeaux and wife Mia of Lake Charles and seventeen nieces and nephews .


A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 09, 2016 at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation Friday will be from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a Celebration of Life service beginning at 6:00 PM. Visitation Saturday will be from 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM in the funeral home.

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  1. After working with Ken for 17 years, I came to appreciate his love of family, Lake Charles and the McNeese Cowboys. He could also work circles around the rest of us. Rest in Peace, Ken.

  2. I am so saddened to hear of Ken's passing. He was a good friend. I loved hearing about Becky, his daughters, and the grandchildren. He loved his family! I hope he and beloved Becky are dancing in Heaven today. Rest in peace, Ken, and God bless.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I always enjoyed listening to Kenneth & Mike talk about the fun times they had growing up & acting "like boys." I would like to think they are having some more good times in Heaven. Gone too soon but never forgotten.

  4. With much sadness we learned of Ken's passing. He was always full of energy and livened up any room. Our sincere condolences to the girls and the entire Istre and Primeaux families. Our prayers are with you.

  5. ISTRE Family, An expression of condolences to the ISTRE family. A parents is a very special part of our life, to lose ones so important can be the most painful losses anyone can experience. The scriptures at Romans 15:5 reassures us that God will supply endurance and comfort for grieving ones. May you and your family find peace and comfort during this difficult time. There are so many wonderful promises found in God's word. To find more, Please visits www. jw. org.

  6. My deepest condolences to the family. Remember you are not alone at this time. "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." (Psalm 46:1) He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 and Revelation 21:4)

  7. I will always remember Kenneth for giving me a hard time about my body. He was always kidding of course. Everyone will miss his infectious smile and humor. Sincerely, Nancy

  8. I'm sure when Ken got to the Pearly Gates St. Peter said "Welcome Ken, your name is at the top of the list." Ken probably replied, "There you go." We'll miss you.

  9. My deepest sympathy and prayers goes out to all the Istre and Primeaux families on the loss of my cousin Kenneth. May he rest in peace!

  10. I went to school with your Mom and Dad and our paths crossed many times over the years. Your Dad was a great guy and always made people laugh. He was fun loving and always offering to help others. He leaves behind many great memories. Last time I saw him was at mine and Sheryl's class re. We had a great time. Take care and know he leaves a lot of good friends who will miss him.

  11. Kenneth will always have a special place in my heart. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that your parents are happy together in heaven for all of eternity.

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