Keith A. Ragains
Longtime Nikiski resident Keith A. Ragains died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 66.
A viewing will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Kenai United Pentecostal Church at Mile 16.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. at the church. The Revs. Stuart Churchill and Larry Ragains will officiate. Burial will follow at Spruce Grove Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Ragains was born Dec. 20, 1939, in Moscow, Idaho. He grew up and received his education in Idaho and attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell. He served in the Idaho Air National Guard.
He moved to Alaska in 1966, residing in Nikiski. He worked as an operations supervisor and unit coordinator at Agrium-Unocal, starting in 1971.
He was a member of the Kenai United Pentecostal Church and enjoyed fishing with his wife and family, carpentry and woodworking.
“Papa spent his life working for and spending time with his family, all of whom were important to him. He showed us every day by his actions that we mattered and were important to him. Whether it was fishing with his brother and his buddies or his six grandsons on his boat in Kachemak Bay, helping his sons with projects or just listening to what each one of us wanted to ‘tell Papa.’ He doted on his precious wife and made sure she always ‘had the best’ in every way. He was the most wonderful son, best brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend in the world, showing each person in his family how much they were loved by him. He was the pillar of his family and led us by example, loving God with all his heart and showing us the way we should treat each other, a true gentleman in every way. No one could ever express how much we’ll miss him and cherish our memories of our beloved Papa forever. We love our Papa!” his family said.
Mr. Ragains was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur W. and Mary H. Ragains, and grandson, Timothy K.E. Ragains.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ramona Ragains; sons, Tim Ragains and his wife, Sondra, and Ted Ragains; daughters, Tammy Narlock and her husband, Brad, and Tina Cogan and her husband, Paul; grandsons, Jeremy Narlock, Jeffrey Narlock, Nathan Narlock, David Ragains, Jonathan Ragains and Joshua Ragains; brother, Larry Ragains and his wife, Barbara; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family asks that memorial donations be sent to the Ragains family, P.O. Box 7451, Nikiski, AK 99635.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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