Thomas Ragnar

CHIEF THOMAS M. RAGNAR, 69 ROCKFORD - Thomas M. Ragnar, 69, of Rockford, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born Oct. 18, 1943, in Rockford; the son of the late Harry and Pauline (Murray) Ragnar. On Aug. 2, 1964, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Vickie Lee Stanaitis. He worked for 30 years in the purchasing departments of Roper Whitney and Ingersoll Milling Machine. Tom was passionate about serving his community. He was elected Owen Township Clerk for 30 years, served as an usher at Faith Center for 30 years, and spent 49 years as a volunteer firefighter, EMT, and chief of the Northwest Fire Protection District. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. When he wasn't responding to fire and accident calls, Tom spent his time with his family, working on his model railroad collection, woodworking, and fixing Jeeps. He was a 32nd degree Mason. He is survived by his loving wife, Vickie; children, Thomas (Ann) Ragnar, Timothy (Dawn) Ragnar and Susan (Kenneth) Coleman; grandchildren, Katherine Ragnar, Michael, Nicole, Jay and Kenny Coleman, and Shireah and Cole Ragnar; great-grandchildren, Maliyah, Jamarco, Wayne Jr., Athavion and Michael Jr.; sister, Barbara (David) Tanaglia; nieces, Stina and Anna Tanaglia; and special friends, Rick and Sandy Hamaker of Rockford and Ray and Debbie Kirn of Zeeland, Mich. Service at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in Faith Center, 4721 S. Main St., with the Rev. Don Lyon officiating. Burial in Willwood Burial Park. Visitation from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main St. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Tom's name to the Northwest Fire Protection District, 3222 N. Central Ave., Rockford, IL 61101; or Faith Center. To share a memory or condolence, visit

Published in Rockford Register Star from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2013