Lake Charles resident Raymond "Huff" Hoffpauir Jr. was born Nov. 23rd 1933. He left this world on January 31st. 2005 at 7:10 a.m. following a valiant battle with cancer. He was a graduate of Lagrange High School in 1952. Following two years of service in the army and overseas he attended McNeese State University before working in construction for 10 years.
A man of great honor, he was Lieutenant at Troop D for 21 years from 1964-1985. In 1971 he was presented with an aware for "Louisiana Trooper Of The Year" for his bravery in saving the lives of two elderly men trapped in a flaming auto during Memorial Weekend near the interstate 10 Iowa exit.
He was also employed at Boeing from 1985 until their closure in 1990 and Louisiana Pigment from 1991 to 1995 until the discovery of his illness. Memorial services for Raymond will be held at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles Thursday, February 3rd, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. He will be buried at Highland Cemetery, in a family section.
"Huff" (or Rayboy as he was known in childhood) loved to work with his hands. He was very creative and always inventing or customizing something in his workshop. He was a master finish carpenter, car mechanic and crafted handmade fishing lures. Among his passions in life were hunting, fishing, and camping with his family and friends.
He loved life and pushed himself hard to get the most out of every day, he had a high standard for himself. He was honest, hardworking, generous to those in need, putting others before himself in time and energy. He served his family as he did the public with courage, integrity, stength, and determination.
His illness did not defeat him, in every obstacle he amazed and inspired family, friends and doctors as the the extend he rose to the challenges and limitations of the disease. His body was weakened and finally failed him. Not wanting to leave us, his spirit fought for survival until the last breath of life. Because of his Christian faith he is now able to live on, brand new, whole, and free in the hereafter. In our hearts and memories he will travel hand and hand with us onward, until we are reunited with him again in heaven.
He will be greatly loved and missed by all that knew him, they have lost a great protector, advisor, guardian, and friend. He would be so proud to know that the generations to come will cherish and pass down his memory, wisdom and famous "Corn Fry" camp recipe.
Raymond wanted to leave a written record of his life and experiences for his loved ones and friends. Please email us personal stories or pictures of Huff that you would like to share. @ ginakingham1hotmail@com. To help this website grow and expand, donations for added storage would also be greatly appreciated.