Ray Tacquard went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 12, 2011 after a brief illness. He was born in Galveston, Texas on November 1, 1913 to Joseph Godfrey and Martha Johancsik Tacquard.
He enjoyed two wonderful marriages and many happy years together with Lydia Eggert Tacquard and Zina Burris Tacquard, both of whom predeceased him. Ray and Lydia had three children: son, Julius Lee Tacquard, pre-deceased his father; however, Ray is survived by son Joseph Raymond Tacquard, Jr. and wife Flora Schaefer Tacquard, and daughter Phyllis Elaine Tacquard. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Nicholas Raymond Tacquard and wife Branda, Pamela Christine Rice and husband Kevin, and Anthony Jason Tacquard and wife Tricia. In addition, Raymond, Sr. is survived by eight great-grandchildren. Zina was his second love and together they especially enjoyed playing bridge and traveling.
Ray served in the US Navy during World War II from 1944-1945 on the USS Kenneth Whitting. During his working career, he worked as a printer at the Galveston Daily News, American Printing and the Houston Post.
He was a devoted member of St. John’s Lutheran, where he served in many different capacities. Up until his death, he greeted everyone as they arrived for the service as he passed out the bulletins. No one could enter the church without his friendly greeting. His hobbies included bridge, fishing, gardening, cooking and coin collecting, all at which he became proficient.
Ray never knew a stranger. He will be warmly remembered for his generous hugs that he gave to almost any woman he met. He will be sorely missed, but he lived his 97 years to the fullest and enjoyed each of them.
Ray’s family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00 am, Saturday, June 18th, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Galveston. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, led by Pastor Alan Taylor, with burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Galveston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church 3920 Avenue L, Galveston, TX 77550, or to the charity of your choice.