Obituaries for Aug. 3, 2012

By Baker City Herald August 03, 2012 09:24 am

‘Allen’ Ragsdale

Baker City, 1921-2012

Jan “Allen” Ragsdale, 91, of Emmett, Idaho, died July 26, 2012, at Emmett.

There will be a celebration of his life at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Pedee Women’s Club, 13025 Kings Valley Highway, Monmouth, OR 97361.  For more information, call Ron Coxon at 503-932-5115.

Allen was born on April 5, 1921, at Salem to Cordon and Florence Allen Ragsdale. He was raised on the Allen family farm just west of Salem. He attended and graduated from Rickreall High School. 

Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Bob, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Wilson, DD408, a destroyer. He served as a diesel engine specialist during World War II. He was extremely proud to have served his country.

After his discharge, he returned to the family farm for a short time and then was off to Baker City where he met his wife, LaNora, and began a career in law enforcement.

He was a police officer and part-time cowboy at Baker City, Albany and Burns. His marriage to LaNora produced three daughters. After his first marriage ended in divorce, he married Barbara from Jefferson. They had two children.

He later returned to the Willamette Valley and went to work for the Cates family farm located in and around Monmouth. His relationship with the Cates family continued until his retirement in 2007. He was happy to say that he was fortunate to work for both Eldon Cates and his son, Kendall. He always considered them to be like family.

Allen then moved to Boise to live with his daughter and son-in-law. It didn’t take long for him to realize that he missed the country life so they moved to a small farm at Emmett, Idaho. He fell in love with Emmett and said that “next to Oregon, Emmett was the best place on earth”.

Allen was a true gentleman and known for his honest, hard-working ethics, family members said. 

“He was always pleasant and kind,” they said. “He was quick to smile and enjoyed a good joke.”

He was preceded in death by his brother Robert “Bob” Ragsdale. 

Survivors include his daughters, Nancy, and her husband, John Ledwon, and Judy and her husband, Elden Alexander, all of Emmett, Idaho, Cindy and Brad Knight of Bloomington, Ill., and Julie and Steve Carrow of Jefferson; son, Bill, and his wife, Melissa Harrold, of Daly City, Calif.; stepdaughters, Nettie, and her husband, Ron Coxon, of Dallas, and Kathy Nisly of Monmouth; and stepson, Nick Arretcle of Shoreline, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sayonna George, and her husband, Bob, of Baker City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pedee Women’s Club Soldiers Account, at 11895 Kings Valley Highway, Monmouth, OR 97361.