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Calvin E. Ragsdale


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Calvin E. Ragsdale

Calvin E. Ragsdale passed away June 15, 2016 at his home after a long illness.

He was born in Lick Creek, Ill., June 29, 1942 to William C. Ragsdale and Jeanette L. (McKenzie) Ragsdale. His family moved to Green River in 1951.

He graduated from Green River High School with the class of 1960, attended the University of Wyoming and Southern Illinois University, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree.

He attended the University of Wyoming College of Law, graduating in 1968 and was admitted to the Wyoming State Bar the same year. He married Donna Day in Carbondale, Ill., in 1964.

He practiced law in Laramie with the firm of Corthell and King and taught at the University of Wyoming Law School.

He returned to Green River and practiced law with the firm of Marty and Ragsdale before retiring due to ill health.

His interests included reading, especially American history, model railroading and music of the big band era. He was a founding member of the Sweetwater Sounds.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Ragsdale, and his mother Jeanette Ragsdale, both of Green River, as well as his children William and Tana Ragsdale of Cadillac, Mich. and Bliss B. Ragsdale of Laramie. He is also survived by his siblings Bliss E. Ragsdale of Big Horn, Charles and Ann Ragsdale of Westminster, Colo., and Karen and Oscar Stapleton of Green River. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

At his request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Sweetwater County Library System, the Green River Volunteer Ambulance Service or the charity of your choice.


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