STENDAL, Ind. -- Arthur David Ragan, 83, died at 1 a.m. Aug. 14, 2008.
Born April 11, 1925, in Mt. Vernon, Ill., to the late Arthur Wallace and Detsyle Judith Coleman Ragan, he graduated from Princeton High School in 1942. In World War II he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat Marine with the 4th Marine Division in the campaigns of Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He graduated from the University of Evansville in 1949 and from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, with a master's degree in community organization for social welfare. He graduated from the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College in 1972. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1978 attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel and receiving the Meritorious Service Award. The Missouri House of Representatives honored him with a Resolution of Tribute on February 26, 1986, whereupon he retired to a farm near Stendal.
He was employed by the Greenville, S.C., Community Chest and Council as associate director from 1951-53; the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Services as health section secretary from 1953-56; the Peoria, Ill., Community Chest and Council as associate director from 1956-59; the St. Louis Mental Health Association as director from 1959-60; the Delmo Housing Corporation at Lilbourn, Mo., as director from 1960-67; and director of the Missouri State Sikeston Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities from 1967-86.
He was a member of the Cup Creek Baptist Church and served as a deacon. He was a life member of the Southern Indiana Leathernecks Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Jasper; the Prince Lodge No. 231 F&AM in Princeton; the Grand Lodge F&AM of Indiana; the Shrine at St. Louis, Mo.; the Pike County Amateur Radio Club (WOBRY); and many civic and military organizations.
Survivors include: his wife, Charlotte; two sons, Charles and Robert; one daughter, Charlene; and three grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntinburg with a Marine Corps memorial service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from noon until time of services at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Jeff Crowe officiating.
Burial will follow in Cup Creek Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the V.F.W. Post 2366 Honor Guard and a Marine Corps honor detail.