Ralph Dale Carscadden, age 84, was a man of adventure who loved his wife, three boys, their wives, and grandchildren deeply. He was kind and generous and had a “can-do” attitude that he passed down from his dad to his children. He was a man of action from his early days as a short order cook, to a motor pool mechanic in the Army, to his construction projects in his adult years.
Ralph was born on February 13, 1939, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and passed away on April 1, 2023, at his home in Shreveport, Louisiana with his family nearby. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Edgar Carscadden and Blanch Harriet Walker, his stepdaughter Tammy Lynn Tassin, and his oldest son David Lee Carscadden. He is survived by the love of his life, Edna “Fay” Carscadden, sister Doris Joan Parnell and husband Ray, sons Timothy Dale Carscadden and wife Susan, Jay Robert Carscadden and wife Jessica, daughter-in-law Sherrie Carscadden, stepson Timothy Alllen White, ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Ralph accepted Jesus and was baptized in May 1973 at Gardendale Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was a long time member of Summer Grove Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. When his boys were young, Ralph volunteered and led the Royal Ambassadors teaching them how to live a life devoted to Jesus.
Ralph graduated from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, and attended Del Mar College, Bossier Parish Community College, and LSU Shreveport. He retired from McGraw-Hill in 1991 and then worked for Industrial Fabrics Construction Service in Louisiana for 18 years as a sales rep. Ralph was a member of the American Legion, The National Museum of the US Army, and the Museum of World War II in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Ralph was a proud 3rd generation US Veteran serving in the United States Army from 1959-1961. His grandfather served in the Spanish-American War, and his father served during World War II in the Coast Guard. Ralph served in Germany and fell in love with it. When he was stationed there, he met Elvis Presley in a library and enjoyed telling the story of this meeting. He loved taking adventurous trips to neighboring countries in Europe.
More than anything Ralph loved his dogs, NASCAR, football, and Mexican food. He also loved watching a great western movie, collecting coins, Remington statues, and running races. He ran six marathons and hundreds of shorter races throughout his life. Spending time with his sons was a priority for him. They enjoyed many pro baseball games, coaching youth baseball, going on camp-outs, and traveling around the country. He loved working in the construction sales business and building/improving items around the house. The building of the many keystone garden retaining walls in the Ark-La-Tex and Gulf Coast are a part of his portfolio.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at The Carpenter House and St. Joseph Hospice for taking such great care of our dad and Pepaw.
Ralph will be missed by all who knew him, but we rejoice in knowing that he lived a full life and is now partying it up with Jesus. We will celebrate Ralph’s life on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 1:30 PM at Boone Funeral Home, 2156 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana. Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 12:30 PM.