John Ragains

PEORIA - John Ragains, 68, of Plainview, Texas, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 7:55 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Plainview, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Bartley Memorial Chapel, with Sidney Fallin officiating. Services are under the direction of Bartley Funeral Home. A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1944, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill., to Orbie and Frances (Fawley) Ragains.

He served in the U.S. Navy from August 1963 to September 1988, where he earned the National Defense Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals, as well as Meritorious and Presidential Unit Citations, Good Conduct Medals, Battle Efficiency Award and the Sea Service Ribbon. He retired as chief warrant officer 4 as a surface ordnance specialist.

He also worked for Texas Instruments, Honeywell Optoelectronics and the Lubbock and Peoria school districts.

He was a member of Illinois Masonic Lodge No. 263, AF&AM; American Legion of Texas; and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Texas.

He was also a member of Parkway Drive Baptist Church, where he was the pianist for eight years.

He married Debra Gwen Askins at her parents' home in Lubbock, Texas, on Aug. 1, 1992.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Johnna Cooper and husband, Brian, of Plainview, Jennifer R. Rizzo and husband, Rob, of California and Angela G. Miller and husband, Brandon, of Plainview; two sons, Jerry G. Askins and wife, Danielle, of Plainview and Bentley O. Ragains and wife, Amanda, of Lubbock; one brother, Alan Ragains and wife, Rocco Sansome, of Honolulu, Hawaii; one sister, Sally Monroe of Peoria, Ill.; six grandchildren and one on the way; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Orbie Ragains; his mother, Frances Ragains; and a brother-in-law, Gary Monroe.

Memorial donations may be made to Parkway Drive Baptist Church of Lubbock, Texas, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Sept. 11, 2013