Richard John Eiswirth Jr.

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Richard John "RJ" Eiswirth, Jr., a long-time resident of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away peacefully at 1:55 Sunday morning, August 3, 2014 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital surrounded by the love of his family. He was born October 29, 1915 in New Orleans, LA to the late Richard John and Violet Schmitt Eiswirth. He was 98 at the time of his death. He was a kind, loving man and made his family a priority. He was the first Catholic High football player to be named to All-State. He retired from Ethyl Corporation where he was active in the Ethyl Management Club serving many years as an officer and traveling to other locations as a guest speaker. He met his beloved wife of 74 years, Doris Cecile Hanks at the first Walgreens Drugstore in Baton Rouge where she was working. They married on February 15, 1939 at Sacred Heart Church in Baton Rouge. He was a founding member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish where he helped to assemble the original church compound with buildings moved from Harding Field. For the last 11 years he lived at Lake Sherwood Village where he participated in many activities including sing a longs, Mardi Gras parades, dances and was a member of the performing Bell Choir. He is survived by one sister, Ruth Brown of Baton Rouge, LA, five children, Nancy Heller and husband Herb of Alexandria, LA, Judith Shellabarger and husband Jim of Rosharon, TX, John Eiswirth and wife JoAnn, of Gonzales, LA, Susan Schlecht of Brusly, LA, and Mary Beth Russell and husband Gary of Brusly, LA, thirteen grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris, parents, Richard and Violet, six siblings, Floyd, Francis, Clement, and Ralph Eiswirth, Mary Clare Browning, and Eloise Braud and one grandchild, Davy Schlecht. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., Baton Rouge on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM and on Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial conducted by Father Cleo Milano at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Greenoaks Memorial Park, Baton Rouge. Pallbearers are grandsons Bert Heller, John D. Eiswirth, Richard Schlecht, Jacob Schlecht, Michael Russell, and nephews Clement Eiswirth, Jr. and Kenneth Eiswirth. Granddaughters Pam Griffith, Jennifer deFrances, Laura Schlecht, Jackie Tisdell, Claire Schlecht, Elena Cannon, Sarah Russell, and Kacie Russell will honor their grandfather by participating in the Celebration of the Funeral Mass. The family would like to thank Lake Sherwood Village for providing a wonderful environment during the golden years of his life. They would also like to thank Dr. Douglas Say and Dr. John McLachlan for the excellent care they gave him. Lastly, the family would like to thank Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Heart and Vascular institute staff for the loving care they gave him during his stay. Visit the online guest book at
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