Ronald Ragen Sr.


Ronald Arthur Ragen Sr., 76, of Eldon, IA passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, in the same house where he was born on October 8, 1947. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at the Cranston Family Funeral Home in Fairfield, IA with Pastor Mark Clark officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in the McCormick Cemetery at Highland Center immediately following the service.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions in Ron’s honor may be directed to the McCormick Cemetery Association.  Friends may leave online condolences at

Ronald Arthur Ragen Sr. was the cherished son of the late Harold and Frances Shaw Ragen. He grew up alongside his siblings, Mariann, Sharon, Ernie, and Warren. Ron’s life was enriched by the love of his devoted wife, Norma Ragen, whom he married in Mars Hill Church on September 25, 1976. Together, they raised three wonderful children: Ronnie (Shelly) Ragen, Josh (Heidi) Ragen, and Sara Ricard, who in turn blessed Ron with three grandchildren, Ethan, Riley, and Launa.

A proud graduate of Cardinal Community School in 1965, Ron answered the call of duty by enlisting in the United States Air Force in March of 1967. He served his country with honor as an airplane mechanic until his honorable discharge in March of 1971. His commitment to his community continued as he began working for Wapello County Secondary Roads, dedicating 33 years of service until his retirement in 2003.

Ron’s dedication to Eldon was further exemplified through his volunteer work with the Eldon Fire Department, where he not only served as a volunteer firefighter but also as the respected Fire Chief for several years. His love for his country was only matched by his passion for the outdoors, where he found joy in hunting and fishing. Ron was also a skilled woodworker, creating beautiful furniture that will serve as lasting tributes to his craftsmanship and attention to detail. He will be deeply missed by his family and the many who called him a friend.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Warren.

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