Rayfield Joseph Lavan, Jr.

February 20, 1954 ~ July 3, 2011

Rayfield Joseph Lavan, Jr., 57, of Lake Charles, LA passed away at 4:11 AM on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at his residence.

Mr. Lavan was born February 20, 1954 in Kinder, LA and lived in Lake Charles most of his life. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, was a 1972 graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School, and attended McNeese State University. He was employed at Conoco Phillips for thirty-six years, where he worked as a Lab Technician in the Refinery lab. Mr. Lavan was a member of St. Margaret Catholic Church. He was an avid Harley Davidson and Corvette enthusiast. He will always be remembered for his dedication to his family and as a loving husband, father, and dedicated friend.

Mr. Lavan leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of thirty years, Ella Declouet Lavan of Lake Charles; son, Rayfield Joseph Lavan, III and wife Diztorsha Jefferson Lavan of Orange, TX; brother, Gregory Lavan of Lake Charles, grandmother, Alice Gradney of Lake Charles; father-in-law, Thaddeus Declouet, Jr. of Lake Charles; aunts, Jessica Keuper of Beavercreek, OH and Mary Anne Stewart of Westchester, IL; uncles, Willard Lavan of Lake Charles and Jack Keuper of Beavercreek, OH along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rayfield Joseph Lavan Sr. and Marie Gradney Lavan and grandparents.

Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM with a rosary at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Saturday at the funeral home from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM. His funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at St. Margaret Catholic Church. Father Bill Miller will officiate. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery

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  1. Ella – We will miss Ray a great deal but we know he is in Heaven and probably already choosing his dream corvette to drive around while he waits for the rest of us to arrive. Love and memories endure – Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

  2. Ella Catherine and I would like to for you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are currently in California visiting family but if you need us for anything please don't hesitate to let us know.lStanley and Catherine Guillory

  3. Ella,Ray Jr…..Peace be with you and we have your family in our prayers, Ray was my second cousin. I left Lake Charles in 1977 and he was one of my mentors and well loved cousins. We will miss him. His parents and my parents were very close family. Mrs Alice Gradney (Rayfiled grandmother)is our great Aunt.Cousin Wade Carlin

  4. To the Lavan familyI am so sorry for your loss. may you find comfort in the memories that you have made throughout the years. Ray worked with my ex-husband(chuck moss) at conoco for a long time. always look to God for strength during these difficult days ahead. my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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