|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1899|
|Death: ||Feb. 7, 1972|
Santa Clara County
My Granddad was the third of eleven children born to Okey Ragsdale & Alice Calista Tousley. His parents had the pioneering spirit, traveling to Old Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas looking for work and a place to settle the family. Granddad rode his horse hundreds of miles from home to work the mines and inherited that wandering spirit from his daddy.
6th great-grandson of Godfrey I and Mary Ragsdale.
Granddad and Grandma (Mabel Opal Pittman) had a Valentine's Day 1927 wedding. They were the proud parents of three beautiful children (My Uncle Rags, my mama, and my Aunt Dyllis).
They were working in Happy Canyon, UT when he watched Grandma and their first grandson die in an airplane accident.
A couple of years later, Granddad remarried to a widow by the name of Mrs. Martha Bowen on April 12, 1954 in Aztec, NM and helped rear her young teenage son, Gene; the marriage didn't last but a few years.
When I was in the 5th grade, this wonderful Granddad bought me my first very own store-bought outfit. It was one he brought back from Mexico and I'll tell you I thought I was the coolest thing finally wearing a skirt & blouse right out of a store. I think I held on to the outfit so our daughter could play dress-up when she was a little girl.
In his later years, when crippling arthritis took its toll, Granddad lived several months at a time with his three children. We kids loved it because he was so much fun to be around. He loved the outdoors and was always willing to referee for us, be it a street baseball game or a game of racing down the driveway.
My Granddad loved to hunt & fish and passed that love along to his children and grandchildren. He left me his rifle and a video of 1937 hunting trip which has been handed down to my son.
Granddad is mourned by six granddaughters and one grandson; in which he spoiled us all rotten. He was a great person and is sorely missed by all. Love you Granddad!
Okey Ragsdale (1870 - 1927)
Alice Calista Tousley Ragsdale (1875 - 1959)
Mabel Opal Pittman Ragsdale (1906 - 1952)*
Coeta Velree Ragsdale Hall (1930 - 1969)*
Dyllis Rae Ragsdale Beatty (1934 - 2000)*
Elwin Charlesworth Ragsdale (1896 - 1917)*
Thaddeus Wilbur Ragsdale (1897 - 1959)*
Albert Jennings Ragsdale (1899 - 1972)
Olga May Ragsdale Johnson (1901 - 1984)*
Georgia Viola Ragsdale Willden (1903 - 1978)*
Lloyd Ragsdale (1906 - 1906)*
Ida Ann Ragsdale Kruckenberg (1907 - 1990)*
Grace Lenora Ragsdale Garro (1910 - 1989)*
Bessie Lee Ragsdale Huyser (1912 - 1996)*
Ruby Ola Ragsdale Jones (1914 - 1989)*
Ramona Harriet Ragsdale Hawk (1918 - 2011)*
If there was to be a stone, I would write:
"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: In one of his beautiful fishing spots along with Grandma, Sammy & Aunt Dyllis.
Created by: Arleta ♥
Record added: Oct 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43502109