Gustin James Ragan, age 86, resident of Martin Luther Manor in Bloomington, formerly of Milwaukee, LaCrosse, WI, Prescott, AZ, and Eagan, on 1/19/02. He was a devoted husband, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife, Madge (Kenneda) Gustin of 57 years, parents, Fred & Jane (Ragan) Gustin, and brother, John. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Hinkley of Portage, WI, and sons, John (Ann), Lawrence (fiancee Sunday Parker), Thomas (Deborah), Frederick (Barbara), and Richard (Glenna); grandchildren, Kennedri, Melissa, Matthew, David, Michael, Johanna, and Kate; great-grandchildren, Christian and Gabriel; 3 nieces and nephews. Jim was a graduate of the US Naval Academy Class of 1937 and a decorated combat veteran WWII Pacific Theater Campaigns. Retired Captain, US Naval Reserve, and served as a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Dept of State, with posts to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, Hong Kong, and Washington, D.C. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1967 to serve as Assistant Dean at the Graduate School at UW Milwaukee. He was an Eagle Scout and former President of the United Nations Association Wisconsin Chapter. He was also a parishioner of St. John Neumann in Eagan, and formerly of Roncalli Newman in LaCrosse, WI. Mass of Christian Burial 12 Noon, Tuesday, at RONCALLI NEWMAN CENTER, 1732 State St., LaCrosse, WI. Visitation Monday 4-6 PM at J.S. KLECATSKY & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 1580 Century Point, Yankee Doodle at Coachman Road, Eagan., and visitation also Tuesday, 11-12at RONCALLI NEWMAN CENTER. Interment Green Mound Cemetery, New Amsterdam, WI. Special thanks to the staff at Martin Luther Manor and to the Fairview Hospice Program for their compassion and professionalism. J.S. Klecatsky & Sons Eagan 651-454-9488

Published on January 20, 2002

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