Ralph Albert Lacher passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. He was 75. Ralph was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 19, 1938, the first son of the late Albert Lacher and Gertrude Gross Lacher. He was raised in Little Neck, New York. Upon High school graduation, he was accepted into the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. In 1960, Ralph graduated receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Nautical Science and was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Vietnam and was awarded the Vietnam Service Bar. He subsequently began his career in the U.S. Merchant Marines as a 1st mate on Delta Steamship Lines, Inc. calling on ports in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. He was also licensed as Chief Mate in the U.S. Coast Guard. He eventually left the sea to work ashore for Lykes Bros. Steamship Company, Inc. as Operations Manager of Cargo Handling. He retired from Lykes Bros. in 1996 when the company closed its New Orleans office. He was a member of the American Masters Mariners, the Propeller Club of New Orleans and Lykes Bros. Quarter Century Club. He was an avid Saints fan and was grateful to see them win a Super Bowl. Ralph is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 35 years, Marlene ""Sherry"" Lacher and his sister, Suzanne Lacher. He is survived by his loving daughter, Marlene Trainor (husband: Vincent) and son, Kurt Lacher (wife: Nicole) along with his wonderful grandchildren Julia Trainor and Christian Lacher. He is also survived by his brother, Walter Lacher (wife: Sherry) of Port Orange, Fl. A special thank you to Dr. LeAnne LeBlanc of Jencare, Annette Aguliar, R.N., Janet Walker, C.N.A , Sherie Boudoin, R.N./Chaplain and the staff of Interim Hospice for their compassion and providing such excellent care. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Leitz Eagan Funeral Home 4747 Veterans Blvd. Metairie, Louisiana on Friday evening November 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Friends may visit from 5:00 p.m. until time of service. Online guest registry available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2013