Herbert S. Ragsdale
Herbert S. Ragsdale
  • July 30, 1946 - April 13, 2017
  • Peoria, Illinois

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Herbert S. Ragsdale, 70, of Peoria passed away at 7:25am on Thursday April 13, 2017 at Unity Point Hospital-Proctor in Peoria. He was born on July 30, 1946 in St. Louis MO, the son of Luther and Harriet (Fox) Ragsdale in St. Louis MO. He graduated from Riverview High School in 1964, from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1968 with a Bachelor's of Music Education, and a Masters of Music from Illinois State University in 1974. He married Ann Sauer on June 14, 1969 in Watseka, IL, and they enjoyed 47 years of marriage.
Herb taught orchestra in District 150 starting in 1968 and his career spanned 34 years. He started in the Peoria High School area and moved onto Richwoods area schools where he became Orchestra Director for Richwoods High School, Rolling Acres, Lindberg and Northmoor. He was the founding director of the Peoria Park District Summer Orchestra Program in 1980.
He was a violinist in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra for 47 years, and served as personnel manager for twenty years. In his retirement years he became an active member of the Rotary Club of Peoria-North and served as a volunteer for Heart of Illinois Harvest, president of Richwoods-Knolls Neighborhood Association, and a member of First Federated Church.
Herb was an extremely devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and lived out his passion for music through his teaching and playing. He influenced the lives of countless students, many who grew to be musicians themselves. He was a wonderful man, full of humor, joy and patience.
He is survived by his wife Ann; his daughters Sarah (Ben) Beck of Greenfield, IN and Jane (Andy) Schultz of Manhattan, IL; his grandsons Andy, Brian and Nolan Beck and Evan and Ryan Schultz, and one sister; Lisa Ragsdale of Minneapolis, MN. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be Friday, April 21, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. A Celebration of Herb's life will be Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. at First Federated Church UCC in Peoria. Rev. Dr. Forrest Krummel will officiate. Burial will be in the church columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Mr. Ragsdale to Richwoods High School Orchestra Department, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra or the Alzheimer's Association. Please view Herb's obituary online at www.Woolsey-Wilton.com