Darrel Wayne Ragland, 64, of Hastings, formerly of North Platte, went to his eternal home on July 19, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family. He passed away from glioblastoma. Darrel married Valerie A. (Mills) Ragland on July 12, 1997, in Omaha. Their 24-year marriage and life were primarily in North Platte. Born in Clinton, Missouri, to William and Mary Helen Ragland on Aug. 28, 1956, Darrel was the fourth of five children. He graduated from Clinton Senior High School in 1974 and the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978 with a degree in animal husbandry. He excelled on the meat judging and livestock judging teams in both high school and college and was a member of 4-H, FFA and the Farmhouse Fraternity. He worked for Drovers Journal and was a partner in Ragland Angus, then working for Al Conover of the National Livestock Brokers, managing Angus livestock sales throughout the midwest. Darrel went on to purchase National Livestock Brokers and later moved to Federated Insurance in North Platte from 1986 until retirement on Dec. 31, 2014. Darrel worked with his son Andrew in establishing a thriving lawn care business, eventually taking ownership of this business in North Platte as Andrew graduated from college. Darrel was a devoted and faithful Christian, and member of the Baptist Church in his communities of residence until joining Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in North Platte. Darrel's faith was a central part of his life and he was active in mentoring young Christians, leading Bible studies in his home, and supporting Deborah's Legacy as a volunteer and board member. Darrel was a member of the Gideons. Darrel was active in the community, coaching Andrew's baseball teams, and helping with Boy Scouts, among other activities. In 2019, with the move to Hastings, Darrel and Val became part of the community of the Evangelical Free Church. Darrel enjoyed running, back porch conversations, trips to Mexico and being anywhere the kids and grandkids were. Darrel is preceded in death by his parents of Clinton; father-in-law, Duane Mills of Hastings; and his brother-in-law, Steven Mills of Colorado. Darrel is survived by the love of his life, Valerie; step-children he loved as his own and more than life itself, Alison (Kevin) Joyce, grandchildren, Patrick and Christopher of San Francisco; Abby (Nick) Stoddard, grandchildren Cooper, Ezra, Oliver, Willow and Thea of Grand Island; Andrew (Taryn) Huber, future grandbaby expected in December, of Omaha; mother-in-law, Gloria Mills and Val's grandmother, Regina Lucas, both of Hastings; siblings, Janice Ragland of Liberty, Missouri, Nancy Ragland of Mesa, Arizona, Bill (Linda) Ragland of Tunas, Missouri, and Roy (Chris) Ragland of Liberty; nieces and nephews, Jonathan (April) Ragland, Ashley (Tom) Dilley, Stanton Ragland, Garrett Ragland, Culley (Colette) Creach, Marlena Wells and Rebecca Wells; numerous great-nieces and nephews; and friends and family, who he loved dearly. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Deborah's Legacy of North Platte or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Online condolences may be shared at lbvfh.com
. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 23, at Evangelical Free Church in Hastings with Pastor Scott DeWitt officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery and will follow the luncheon. Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, July 23, at the church. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Hastings, is in charge of arrangements.
Published by North Platte Telegraph on Jul. 21, 2021.