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Mr. John A. Ragan Obituary


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“Dear Dad, March 9th - a very special day when a special person was born. Looking back on some pictures the other day and all the many birthday...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Janice Dyer - Gladstone, MO

“Yesterday would have been your 94th Birthday. Here on earth that would have been something! But your celebrations are much more joyous where you are....Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Amy - Excelsior Springs, MO

“Tomorrow marks three years since you left. THREE years. It's been a very unhappy time. Now Grandpa I've lost Dad. As i wrote you earlier we just lost...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Amy Ragan - excelsior springs, MO

“Dear Dad, Three years(tomorrow) now have gone by without you by my side. How sad I am still today that you left me then, but also so happy that...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Janice Dyer

“Thinking of you today. Judy is with you now and everything is so different. We still miss you, I'm more grateful for the Father you gave us. He is...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Amy - excelsior springs , MO

“Dear Grandpa, Over two years since you have gone and I think about you so much. I can hear The Tennessee Waltz and tears roll but they are happy...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Amy Ragan - Excelsior Springs, MO

“Dear Dad, Two years have now passed without you by our side. I wish I could say it is easier now, but it isn't. The pain of losing you seems as...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Janice Dyer - gladstone, MO

“I miss you so much Grandpa. I try to talk to Grandma every day and it makes me so happy to hear her voice. I wish I could hear yours. Dad, Mom, Jenny...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Amy Ragan - Excelsior Springs, MO

“Dear Dad, Last Saturday, Mom, Judy, Amy, myself, Jake, Joe, Nicole, and Kelley attended the memorial service at White Chapel. It was very hard to...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Janice Dyer - gladstone, MO

“Dear Dad, It has been eight months since you were with us. I can't begin to express how much I still miss you. I think about all the times we...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Janice Dyer - gladstone, MO

“I was his 1st grandchild & my sister his third. Our most precious Grandfather was fun, complex, honest & hard working, highly intelligent and lived...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Amy Ragan-Ryan - Kansas City, MO

“I always appreciated John's easygoing manner and his ready smile. When Jim and I sought custody of Jim's son, John, many years ago, it was John...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Evers


John A. Ragan, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Friday, January 14, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on March 9, 1920, in Spickard, Missouri, to William and Nellie Ragan. At age 12, the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he met his future wife, Ida Lee Kelley. After graduating from Northeast High School, John and Ida married on December 31, 1938, and recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

After his first child was born, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served bravely in the Pacific during World War II. When the war ended, he returned home and he and Ida were blessed with two more children. He began a long and very successful career with Allstate Insurance Company, receiving numerous awards and national recognition during his 47 years, as one of the top sales agents. He was honest, hard-working, and was admired by everyone who knew him.

John is predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Betty Dunn and Marie Foltz. He is survived by his wife, Ida Lee; son, John L. Ragan and wife, Nanette; daughter, Judy Bird; and daughter, Janice Dyer and husband, Greg; 2 sisters, Amber White and Pat Staton; 8 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. John was deeply devoted to his family and to simply say he will be missed does not give justice to the pain his absence has left us with. He will be cherished beyond measure.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 10:00 a.m., at Barry Christian Church, 1500 N.W. Barry Road, Kansas City, Missouri, 816-436-0462, with a short reception following at the church. The family wishes to express a special thank you to Annette Williams for her love and devotion.