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George Cyrus Ragsdale


1937 - 2018
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George Cyrus Ragsdale

Jamestown, CA

George Cyrus Ragsdale, 81, a long time Ventura County resident, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on October 22, 2018 at his home in Jamestown, California. Born in Brawley, California on August 12, 1937 to George A. and Ruby Mable (Thomas) Ragsdale, George spent much of his young life living between the Imperial Valley and Modesto, California. The family later moved to Oxnard where he graduated from high school in 1955. He lived in Ventura County until moving to Jamestown in 2005 to enjoy his retirement.

George, known to many as "Coach", spent his life as an athlete, educator, coach, and realtor throughout Ventura County. After playing football and graduating from Fresno State, he began his teaching and coaching career at Camarillo High School, moving on to Rio Mesa High School, Moorpark College, and Simi Valley High School. He impacted many lives as he led with positivity, conviction, and integrity.

He was a respected and loved husband, dad, grandpa, brother, friend, servant, and leader. An eternal optimist, he could be counted on as being "about a 12 on a scale of 1-10"! There was never a dull moment when talking with George! Conversations were full of stories from his past with no details spared! He could recall endless details about anything and everything.

George was a devoted Christian, finding joy as he led men's ministries and Bible studies. As an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast, he never tired of fishing, backpacking, camping, or a good game! More than anything, he beamed when he was with his family.

He was married to Florence (Lynch) for 40 years. The respect and adoration they had for each other was a testament to the love they shared. Their marriage brought with it five children. George had a daughter and son, Robin and Eric (Rick) Ragsdale. Flo brought two daughters, Linda Angst and Julie Pfeiff, and a son, Vic Enright. With that came ten grandchildren, Chad Schlundt and Paige (Schlundt) Gomez, Rabekah Ragsdale, Matthew and Joshua Jones, Denea and Aaron Bertles, Stephanie (Enright) Lopez and Lindsay Enright, and Kaylee Butts. Two great-granddaughters, Teagan Gomez and Ava Lopez have followed with a great-grandson on the way. He is also survived by his sister, Marvetta Cummings; aunt, Mary Jo Wold; daughter-in-law, Tanya Ragsdale; sons-in-law, Russ Angst and Tim Pfeiff; beloved niece, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother, James Marcus Ragsdale.

A "Man of his Word" he was, leaving a legacy of faith, integrity, and love that will live on.

There will be a Celebration of Life on January 26, 2019 at 10:00 am at South Coast Fellowship, 4050 Market St., Ventura, CA.
Published in Ventura County Star on Nov. 18, 2018
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