Oct 29, 2013 4:25 PM by Ian Auzenne
A well-known Acadia Parish businessman and philanthropist has died.
Raymond Hensgens passed away earlier this morning at the age of 81.
Prior to entering the business world, Hensgens was a successful minor league baseball player. He played two seasons as a pitcher for the Crowley Millers before being traded to a team in Tampa Bay. Hensgens refused the trade and entered the rice industry.
In 1968, Hensgens co-founded G&H Seed Company. The company would go on to expand across Louisiana and introduced new and improved seed varieties to farmers across the state. In addition to this, Hensgens worked with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture to draft and implement laws pertaining to farmers.
Hensgens was active in his community. He belonged to a number of different civic organizations and donated to many Catholic charities. Hengens donated the land for the baseball park in Crowley that bears his name. His philanthropy and community involvement earned him the Community Foundation of Acadiana Leaders in Philanthropy Award for Acadia Parish.
Visitation will take place at Geesey- Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley on Wednesday from 3:30 P. M. until 9 P. M. and on Thursday from 9 A. M. until the time of the funeral. Two rosaries will be recited during visitation--one in English on Wednesday at 6:30 P. M., and another in German on Thursday at 10 A. M.
The funeral will take place Thursday at 2 P. M. at St. Michael Catholic Church in Crowley. Interment will take place at the St. Lawrence Mausoleum.