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Millard Ray Ragain

Millard Ray “Mib” Ragain was born on September 3, 1937 in a log cabin of the family homestead at Upton, Missouri. He was the fourth child of Oba Ray and Grace Campbell Ragain. He passed away on June 17, 2013 at Cox South in Springfield, Missouri, following a massive stroke. He was 75 years of age.

He attended grade school in a one-room country schoolhouse at Pleasant Ridge and attended Houston High School.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Grace, and one sister, Virginia Colleen.

He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda and husband James Kemp of Ozark, Missouri; his son, Gaylord and wife Pam Ragain of Houston, Missouri; two grandsons, Travis Ray Kemp and Lance Howard Kemp, both of Ozark, Missouri; his brother, Clovis “Bud” Ragain of Upton, Missouri; three sisters, Fern Parks of St. Louis, Missouri, Dorothy and husband Dean Pinkston of Houston, Missouri, and Rosemary and husband Keith Walls of Cabool, Missouri; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

He married Erma Burch on November 28, 1957. The couple had two children: a daughter, Rhonda Rae, and a son, Gaylord Don. When they married he was employed at McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, but one week later the plant had a huge layoff and he was among the unfortunate ones. They moved back to Houston but times were hard and jobs were scarce. After several months of searching he got a job on the night shift at Red Cap Service Station where he would pump gas all night, go home and sleep for about five hours, get up and go to wash cars at Akins Motor Company until his next shift at Red Cap. He kept up this 17-hour-a-day routine for about a year until he landed a job on the assembly line at Brauer Brothers Shoe Company in Cabool. In 1977 he made foreman for Brown Shoe Company. He ran the packing room in plants at Cabool, Houston, and Pocahontas, Arkansas, until the company moved out of the U.S. He then, along with his brother, Clovis “Bud” Ragain, purchased the family farms where they raised beef cattle for many years.

His hobbies were hunting and fishing. His favorite time of the year was deer season. He loved being outdoors. On the day of his stroke he had been fishing all day and shared with both Rhonda and Gaylord on the phone that evening about what a fine day he’d had.

He was a good provider and saw to his family’s every need as best he could.

In his last days, through the prayers of the dedicated chaplains at Cox South and the hundreds of prayers of family and friends, the family feels that he made peace with his Lord and Savior.

Services were held Friday, June 21, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Hickory Ridge Baptist Church with Pastor Russell Kane officiating. Pallbearers were Gaylord Ragain, James Kemp, Lance Kemp, Travis Kemp, Dearl Walls and Allen Starr. Burial was at Hickory Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Hickory Ridge Cemetery.

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