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Obituaries

Nicolas L. Ragan: 1995-2018

Ragan
Ragan

NORFOLK, Va. — Nicolas Lane Ragan, 22, of Norfolk, Va., formerly of Ottawa, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Norfolk.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 12, at Ottawa Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Marseilles, with military honors.

Nick was born Sept. 14, 1995, in Ottawa, to Brian Ragan and the late Glenda Tongate Williams. Nick lived a portion of his life in Alaska with his mom and stepdad, before returning to Ottawa, where he attended Ottawa High School, where he excelled and was a member of the great award-winning Ottawa High School Band, of which he was very proud. He played the bass clarinet.

Upon graduation in 2014, Nick joined the United States Navy, and graduated basic training at Great Lakes Naval Base in May 2015. He was based in Norfolk, Va., where he was a member of the HSC-22 Sea Knights Squadron working as a helicopter mechanic. He called them "his birds." He was very proud to have served his country as Petty Officer 3rd Class E-4.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Brian and Kate Ragan; his stepfather, Daniel Williams; loving brothers and sisters, Deklan, Kemimayla and Nahela Ragan, Cerise Ziel, Corbin, Aoibhean and Meggan Williams and Cailey, Abby, Nathan and Collin Rowell. Also surviving are his adoring grandparents, Bill and Laurie Ragan, Tom and Leslie Ziel, Matt and Christine Ruane and Barbara Williams; great-grandfather, Ed Glenney, USN veteran; great-uncle and aunt, Dick and Rosemary Anderson; and the Ziel/Shipman family, the Tongate/Valle family and the Ragan family. Very special people in his life were his cousins, Shawn, Ethan, Ava and William John Ragan and Kayden West; his uncle and aunt, Brandon and Heather Ragan; Wahku Ziel and Greg Nelson; his sweet niece, Josalyn Lyle; his little nephew, Seamus Williams; uncles, command Master Chief USN, Matt Ruane and David Ruane (former E-4 USN); aunts, Donna Ruane and Dawn Ruane Aird; and dear friends, Madison Alderson, Autumn Oley and Austin Phillips.
Nick was preceded in death by his mother, Glenda Tongate Williams; his great-grandmother, Joan Glenney; his grandfather, Gerald Williams; and grandparents, Kathaleen and Arvin Tongate.
Nick was a quiet man, very kind to everyone, and always had that beautiful smile on his face. He was dearly loved by everyone who knew him and has left an irreplaceable void in the lives of so many family members and friends.
Pallbearers will be Brandon, Shawn, Ethan and Deklan Ragan, Corbin Williams and Greg Nelson.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
 
Ottawa Funeral Home

1111 La Salle St., Ottawa, IL 61350

815-433-0300 ottawafuneralhome.com

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