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

Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at St. Thomas More Newman Center, 602 Turner Ave, Columbia, with Fr. Richard Litzau officiating. Reception will follow at the church.

Robert was born on Jan. 11, 1937 in Wichita, Kansas, the son of John and Lauretta (Forgie) Ragland, who preceded him in death. He was married on May 7, 1956 in Wichita to Mary Englebrecht, who preceded him in death on Aug. 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, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Bob retired after owning ServiceMaster of Columbia for 23 years. After retirement, instead of sitting still, he became a 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, and Scott Ragland of Columbia; 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

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