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Benjamin G. Ragonton


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Benjamin G. Ragonton Notice
1923 - 2018 Vallejo Our beloved Papang, Benjamin G. Ragonton, peacefully left our world to join our heavenly Father in eternal life on Sept. 4. He has now joined our Mamang, Maria Ragonton, who predeceased him in February 2005. Papang and Mamang were married over 61 joyous years. Papang was born on March 18, 1923 in Santa, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. As a young husband and father, he wanted to provide the best he could for his growing family. His journey in search for a better life took him Guam in 1949, where he was hired as a third country national to help rebuild the U.S. military bases in Guam. That move was the beginning of his career with the US Air Force. He eventually became the General Manager of the Andersen AFB Exchange. He retired as the Andersen AFB Administrative Officer, a position he held for 15 years. Papang enjoyed many friendships and was very passionate about helping others in the places that he had lived. He belonged to many social and civic organizations whose purpose is to support community civic and religious programs. In Guam, he served as president of the two largest Filipino community associations, Ilocano Association of Guam and the Filipino Community of Guam. After his retirement in 1986, he moved to Vallejo to join his four children who all lived in the San Francisco Bay Area with their families. Again, he became quite active in the Vallejo Filipino-American community. He served as President of the Filipino Community of Solano County, the Filipino American Catholic Club and the Filipino American Seniors Association. He also chaired the Pista Sa Nayon Committee, which is responsible for the annual celebration of the Philippines Independence Day. In 1993, the California Human Development Corporation bestowed to him the Outstanding Individual Award for his civic and social work. A devout Catholic, he was a member of St. Vincent Ferrer Church and its ministries. His calling and passion to serve the church and community led him to join the Knights of Columbus where he served for 30 years. He was a three-term Grand Knight with Council 874 and a Past Faithful Navigator of Assembly 2548. He was instrumental in starting the long-practiced Filipino tradition of "Simbang Gabi" or dawn mass during the Christmas season in the St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in 1992. Papang was a loving, generous, compassionate and nurturing husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed and remembered lovingly by his children, Alma, Alex (Elsa), Marivic and Ben Jr.; 10 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 9 p.m., with vigil at 7 p.m., at Skyview Memorial Chapel, 200 Rollingwood Drive, Vallejo. Mass of celebration will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, 925 Sacramento St., Vallejo. Burial will follow at Skyview Memorial Lawn, 200 Rollinwood Drive, Vallejo. Arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of Skyview Memorial Lawn, 707-644-7474.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline from Sept. 12 to Sept. 17, 2018
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