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I am a Veteran.Lee Thomas "Jack" Rachal

June 6, 1921 - November 20, 2019

Lee Thomas "Jack" Rachal was born in Urania, Louisiana on June 6, 1921 and moved to Heaven on November 20, 2019. Jack was preceded in finishing his earthly life by his beloved wife, Estelle, and his oldest daughter, Jackie. Jack is survived by three daughters - Ellen (her 3 children, 5 grandchildren & 2 great-grandchildren), Pat (her 2 children & 4 grandchildren) & Brenda (her 2 children & 3 grandchildren).

Jack grew up during the Depression in a sawmill town and learned a strong work ethic at an early age. He helped his grandfather plant sweet potatoes and peanuts, among other vegetables.

At the age of 12, Jack met Jesus. He accepted the sacrifice Jesus had made for him and was baptized into the family of God.

One Easter Sunday, invited by a friend to a celebration, lunch & games, Jack met Estelle while the young people were playing baseball. Jack was at bat and rather than hit the homerun he was known for, he hit a single so he could talk to the girl on first base, Estelle. Their adventure began that day and they married 3 years later. From that point on Easter Sunday was always celebrated for 2 reasons: 1) celebrating Jesus' resurrection and 2) celebrating the anniversary of the day they met. Many family Easters were spent at Hodges Gardens near Many, Louisiana for a sunrise service of music & preaching with a picnic lunch.

Jack and Estelle had 4 daughters: Jackie, Ellen, Pat & Brenda. Jackie went to Heaven about 40 years ago following a two-year fight with breast cancer. Ellen lives in the Dickinson, Texas area; Pat lives in the Ruston, Louisiana area and Brenda lives in the Weimar, Texas area. He was often quoted as saying "God only chooses certain men to be the father of only girls!" as if it was his special assignment from God Himself. He was their friend, protector and father.

Jack worked for 45+ years for Missouri Pacific & Union Pacific Railroads. He was in the Army during World War II and spent all his time at Camp Fannin, Texas (near Tyler). The Army kept him at Camp Fannin the remainder of the war to train others on the use of weapons. Jack was an avid gardener, especially roses. While in the Army, he spent most of his free time at the rose gardens in Tyler and soaked up everything he could about growing roses. Jack was also widely known as a fly-fisherman. Many free hours were spent in or on the water fly-fishing. For the family vacation each year, his boat motor went in the car first.....before all the clothes, food, can-can skirts & slips belonging to his teen-age daughters (We're talking 1950's here!). He passed on that love of fishing to some of his daughters and grands.

Jack was a 33 Scottish Rite Freemason with 72+ years of membership. He & Estelle volunteered many hours to the Shriners' Hospital for Children, as well as referring many to those hospitals for care.

He and Estelle also gave much support to the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home for many years. One of their fun weekend trips each year was to the Baptist Children's Home for a full weekend of interaction with the kids and families there.

Jack was a man who was a friend for life to many! He had a generous heart, a tough fight-for-you type spirit; honest and hard-working. Jack would want you most to know is what Jesus did for you and that He can save you and give you a new & full life!

A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Columbus with Pastor Victor Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to South Texas Children's Home, STCH Ministries, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, TX 78104-1210 (stchm.org/give) or Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 (donate.lovetotherescue.org) or First Baptist Church, 1700 Milam St., Columbus, TX 78934.

 
 


Lee Thomas "Jack" Rachal
June 6, 1921 - November 20, 2019

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