OBITUARY

Carman Johnston Ragatz II

March 11, 1928November 12, 2018

Carman Johnston Ragatz II died peacefully Monday, November 12, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and many other health challenges, at the Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan, Texas.

Carman was born March 11, 1928, one of eight children to Carman and Rosanna (Parker) Ragatz in Pontiac, Michigan. He served his country in the US Navy at the end of WWII.

Carman married Jeanette (Jan) Hager August 8, 1953 and they had 4 children. He worked hard throughout his life to provide for his family as a truckdriver and diesel mechanic. Carman coached peewee football, served as an usher and on church council, and taught confirmation and Sunday school for many years. He retired from Oakland County Road Commission and he and Jan moved to Texas. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, square dancing and jitter bug dancing with his wife, deer hunting, music of all kinds, woodworking, poetry and history. He loved to play games with family members and friends. Each child, grandchild and great grandchild, niece and nephew held a special place in his heart. He was an “adopted” father/grandfather to many friends, as well. He was devoted to Christ and willing to serve where ever needed and able.

He always offered a birthday blessing “Many happy returns to the day of your birth, may joy and gladness be given, and may the dear Father prepare you on earth for a glorious birthday in heaven” and greeted friends with “Another day of grace!”

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Paul, Phillip, John, Janet, Thomas, Stephen and David, and his grandchildren Cynthia and Joshua.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, his children, Terrie and John Spradley (Katy, Texas), Carman and Patricia Ragatz (Houston, Texas), Linda and Marty Moffett (League City, Texas), Elaine and Val Gomulka (College Station, Texas), his grandchildren, Melissa and Jim Wangler, Chris and Liz Miller, Jonathan Miller, Renee’ and Paul Kelley, John Jr and Amber Spradley, Carman IV and Sarah Ragatz, James and Amanda Ragatz, Jeanette and Ricardo Hernandez, Charissa Moffett, Martin Moffett, Christine Moffett, Carlee Moffett, Alison Gomulka, Lauren Gomulka, Jennifer and Jim Miller, his great grandchildren - Brendan, Andrew and Connor Wangler, Zoey Miller, Heather, Holli, and Harmony Kelley, Sophia and Connor Spradley, Emma Lynn, Clara, Benjamin, and Elliott Ragatz, Megan and Phillip Ragatz, Alexys Ragatz, Preston Moffett, Ashlyn, Paityn and Aidan Miller, his in-laws - Barbara Ragatz, Judi Ragatz, Betty Hager, David and Gerry Hager, Alan and Jane Hager, and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Carman’s life and give glory to God will be held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 11 am. Visitation with the family will begin at 10 am. A luncheon will follow the service.

Memorials may be given to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church or Hospice Brazos Valley.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 24, 2018
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Carman Johnston Ragatz II

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Butch Kenworthy

November 15, 2018

Carm was aways glad to see you and wanted to know how you were doing. I never heard him speak a harsh word, or raise his voice.... ever. He was always calm, easygoing and had a marvelous sense of humor. Carm showed us men what being a good husband, father and grandpa was really all about. He taught me that there is one good four letter word, and that word is...LOVE. We lost a great man, but his memory will never be forgotten. RIP Carm, it was an honor to know you. We pray for Jan and the family during this very difficult time.

Sharon Faustin

November 15, 2018

I remember the dancing at Jim and Melissa's wedding. He had a kindness and grace that shone in his eyes and actions. What a wonderful legacy and memories you have.
So sorry for the family's loss, praying you all take comfort in the knowledge that he is in the arms of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!
You have my sympathy, love and hugs.

Joanie Honigschmidt

November 15, 2018

I’ll remember Carmen for his wonderful smile. He always had such a great attitude and I so enjoyed him while living in Shiner. He will be missed. Blessings.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Carman Johnston Ragatz II died peacefully Monday, November 12, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and many other health challenges, at the Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility in Bryan, Texas.

Carman was born March 11, 1928, one of eight children to Carman and Rosanna (Parker) Ragatz in Pontiac, Michigan. He served his country in the US Navy at the end of WWII.

Carman married Jeanette (Jan) Hager August 8, 1953 and they had 4 children. He worked hard throughout his life to provide for his family as a truckdriver and diesel mechanic. Carman coached peewee football, served as an usher and on church council, and taught confirmation and Sunday school for many years. He retired from Oakland County Road Commission and he and Jan moved to Texas. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, square dancing and jitter bug dancing with his wife, deer hunting, music of all kinds, woodworking, poetry and history. He loved to play games with family members and friends. Each child, grandchild and great grandchild, niece and nephew held a special place in his heart. He was an “adopted” father/grandfather to many friends, as well. He was devoted to Christ and willing to serve where ever needed and able.

He always offered a birthday blessing “Many happy returns to the day of your birth, may joy and gladness be given, and may the dear Father prepare you on earth for a glorious birthday in heaven” and greeted friends with “Another day of grace!”

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Paul, Phillip, John, Janet, Thomas, Stephen and David, and his grandchildren Cynthia and Joshua.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, his children, Terrie and John Spradley (Katy, Texas), Carman and Patricia Ragatz (Houston, Texas), Linda and Marty Moffett (League City, Texas), Elaine and Val Gomulka (College Station, Texas), his grandchildren, Melissa and Jim Wangler, Chris and Liz Miller, Jonathan Miller, Renee’ and Paul Kelley, John Jr and Amber Spradley, Carman IV and Sarah Ragatz, James and Amanda Ragatz, Jeanette and Ricardo Hernandez, Charissa Moffett, Martin Moffett, Christine Moffett, Carlee Moffett, Alison Gomulka, Lauren Gomulka, Jennifer and Jim Miller, his great grandchildren - Brendan, Andrew and Connor Wangler, Zoey Miller, Heather, Holli, and Harmony Kelley, Sophia and Connor Spradley, Emma Lynn, Clara, Benjamin, and Elliott Ragatz, Megan and Phillip Ragatz, Alexys Ragatz, Preston Moffett, Ashlyn, Paityn and Aidan Miller, his in-laws - Barbara Ragatz, Judi Ragatz, Betty Hager, David and Gerry Hager, Alan and Jane Hager, and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Carman’s life and give glory to God will be held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 11 am. Visitation with the family will begin at 10 am. A luncheon will follow the service.

Memorials may be given to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church or Hospice Brazos Valley.