Leonard Gilbert Ragsdale, 78, went home to our heavenly father on Sunday, May 29, 2016, ending his struggle with a long illness. He was surrounded by his family who loved him dearly. He was a resident of Indianapolis and a former resident of Greenwood.
He was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Indianapolis, the son of the late Leonard A. and Sara A. (Cates) Ragsdale.
Leonard “Rags” attended Manual High School. In 1954, he went to proudly serve his country with the U.S. Navy.
On Feb. 25, 1960, in Indianapolis, he married Beverly Ann Tucker, and together they raised six children. She preceded him in death.
Leonard was self-employed and owned L&R Masonry before retiring.
He had a passion for life and adventure and experienced it in a variety of ways.
He started boxing at age 17 and was undefeated in 43 fights. He had a private pilot’s license and flew his own plane.
His passion for golf was undeniable. He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Sarah Shank Golf Club. He was certified in scuba diving as an advanced diver. He also enjoyed sky diving, bowling and playing cards with his family.
His inspiring presence of strength will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to have known him.
The loved ones that cleared the path for Leonard are his parents; wife; two sisters, Donna Cloud and Beverly Stockton; granddaughter, Racheal Howard; daughter in-law, Mary Ragsdale; nephew, David Cloud and brother in-law, Rufus Cloud.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his children, Alisa (Dan) Stamm, Cris Ragsdale, Crystal (Dale) Raber, Tammy (Johnny) Ragsdale, Leonard (Lori) Ragsdale, Urana Ragsdale, Mark Ragsdale, Stephen Ragsdale and Candy Ortutay; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sisters, Delores Freels and June Mullins; younger brother, William Ragsdale; brothers-in-law, Kermit Freels, Darrell Mullins, Lewis Cochran and Steve Stockton; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and friends.
The family wishes to thank those that have supported us during this time of loss.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Albertson’s Mortuary.
A celebration of the life of Leonard Gilbert Ragsdale will be at a later date.