Robert Eugene Ragland

January 11, 1937January 13, 2020

Robert Eugene Ragland, 83, Columbia, MO passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 with his loved ones by his side.

Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Thomas More Newman Center, 602 Turner Ave, Columbia, MO with Fr. Richard Litzau officiating. Reception will follow at the church.

Robert was born on January 11, 1937 in Wichita, KS the son of John and Lauretta (Forgie) Ragland who preceded him in death. He was married on May 7, 1956 in Wichita, KS to Mary Englebrecht who preceded him in death on August 31, 2007. He was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. He was a faithful member of St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia, MO and was a veteran of the US Navy Reserves.

Bob retired after owning ServiceMaster of Columbia for 23 years. After retirement, instead of sitting still, he became regular volunteer at PET (Personal Energy Transportation). The PET Project provides three-wheeled, hand cranked wheelchairs for victims of polio and landmines all over the world. He also enjoyed yardwork, trap, skeet, and 5 stand shooting. He always made people smile and he loved to laugh and tell jokes.

He is survived by two sons, Charles Ragland and his wife Polly Blomenkamp of Columbia, MO and Scott Ragland of Columbia, MO; four grandchildren, Emily Ragland, Andrew Ragland, Krista Blomenkamp and Bo Blomenkamp and one great-grandson, Prentice, along with many nieces, nephews, dear friends and extended family whom he loved.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PET (Personal Energy Transportation) Project, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202 or at


  • PET (Personal Energy Transportation) Project


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Reception Saturday, January 18, 2020


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Kim Wood

January 21, 2020

I just loved Bob and Mary too. Met Bob when he came to one of our ABWA events with Mary. I know she was waiting for him to welcome him home. His humor was the best and one of the funniest guys I have known. Rest well Bob for your work is done on earth.
Love, Kim Wood

Lana (Ragland) Nutter

January 17, 2020

Bob - my Dad's little brother, he was the baby of the family, and now that generation is all gone. He always had a new joke or two or three to tell. I'm convinced his sense of humor and zest for fun kept him going. He was a good man, hard worker, devoted husband to Aunt Mary and Dad to two good men.
Love and prayers to Scott and Chuck.

Karla Malaney

January 17, 2020

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I met him while visiting my mom, Shirlee Poore, and found him a gentle, warm soul. And he has two great sons! So apparent how well-loved he was.
Mom and I offer our condolences. Will miss seeing him at Tiger Place.
Karla Malaney

Randall Ballew

January 16, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Bob several years ago. You could not ask for a better coworker. He was unfailingly pleasant to be around.
His son Chuck and I are about the same age and I think he tried to set an example for me like he would for his own child and what a wonderful example that was! I grew to respect him a lot.
I had not seen him for years but I'm not at all surprised to learn he volunteered his time with the PET project-offering his time to help others with no thought of personal gain.
The world is a poorer place today for our having lost Bob.

Georgia Morehouse

January 16, 2020

Bob and worked out together on the rowers at the ARC. His cheerful humor and helpful advice made things much more enjoyable.
My sympathies to his family.
Georgia Morehouse

Laura Miller

January 16, 2020

Bob is my uncle, he was a whippersnapper! He is fondly remembered by my brothers and sisters and me. Bob and Mary were a delight to be around. We have many great memories of large family gatheries and know how blessed we are to have those. Bob we will miss you but will see you again! 💖

Don Howard

January 16, 2020

I have many fond memories of Bob. He and Mary were very loving and supportive to me as a child and as I grew into a young man. Bob significantly influenced my work ethic for the years I was employed at Service Master. I have many funny memories of my dad, Don Sr and Bob being zany with each other, one involved the invisible dog on a leash. I have also been blessed to have had friendships and work for both Chuck and Scott. I am saddened by the death of Bob, he will be greatly missed by so many. Thanks for all the memories and guidance Bob.

Don Howard Jr

Lisa Coday

January 16, 2020

I will always remember Bob's infectious smile and his positive, upbeat personality. He was an inspiration to me and I will treasure the memories I have with him. May God's peace surround his family during this difficult time....heaven truly is a sweeter place.

Gerry Vogler

January 16, 2020

Linda Van den Berghe

January 15, 2020

Chuck, Scott & family. What a dear dear friend he was. So many memories of love, laughter and friendship with your Dad & Mom. I know your Mom met him with open arms. I love the picture you chose... can just see the twinkle in his eyes. He will be missed but he is now in the loving arms of our almighty God.
Our sincere sympathy.
Love, Linda & Don Van den Berghe❤️