Elmer David Ragland, 79, of Waterloo, Ill., born April 8, 1937, in Pinckneyville, Ill., died June 18, 2016, in Columbia, Ill.
Elmer was a member of Waterloo Lions Club, and was District Governor for the Lions District 1-CN, and was a Lions of Illinois Foundation Trustee for 2 years. He had lifetime membership in the Lions Club International Foundation. He was a Melvin Jones Fellow, and a 3-year Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow.
Elmer retired as District Manager from Aramark Uniform Services (formerly Todd Corporation) after 42 years of service. He worked 38 of those years in Morton, Ill., where he had many friends, was a Morton Lions Club member, Morton Whirl-A-Way Square Dance Club, and member of Community United Church of Christ.
Elmer was an active member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Waterloo; the Waterloo Lions Club, the Quadrilles Square Dance Club, and Sister Cities of Portaloo.
He enjoyed playing cards, square dancing, gardening, lawn care, grilling and watching St. Louis Cardinals games, and other sports. He loved spending time with his family and friends and attending his grandchildren's events.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Flora, nee Hottes, Ragland; sisters-in-law Catherine Ragland, and Lorraine Cleveland; and two half-sisters, Anna Mae Atkinson, and Mary Rath.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Luanne P., nee Bollmeier, Ragland; his daughters, Kimberly (William) Bretwisch, Linda (George) Mueller, and Sheila (Michal) Hoadley; his grandchildren, Matthew (Ashley) Mueller, Melissa (Mike Stearns) Mueller, Kelly (Jesse) Anderson, Nicholas (Abbie O'Ryan) Bretwisch, Chloe (Brock) Blankenship, Cayle (Taylor) Klein, Bailey Hoadley, and Caleb Hoadley; a great-grandson, Titus Blankenship; his brothers, Donald (Eva) Ragland, Jimmie (Sheryll) Ragland, and Leo (Eva) Cleveland; a brother-in-law, Daryl (Verleen) Bollmeier; a sister-in-law Corinne (Robert) Perry; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.
As an expression of sympathy, the family prefers memorial contributions to: Lions of Illinois Endowment Fund, The ALS Association, St. Louis Regional Chapter, or to St. Paul UCC, Waterloo, Ill.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Quernheim Funeral Home, Waterloo, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Waterloo, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the church, with Pastor James Watson, and Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating. Interment will be in Kolmer Memorial Cemetery, Waterloo, Ill.
QUERNHEIM FUNERAL HOME, Waterloo, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 21, 2016