Arnolddean Ragains

May 20, 2017

Arnolddean Ragains was born on July 23, 1931 in Rush, Colorado.  He was the fourth son of six boys born to Arthur Perry Ragains and Cora (Hauser) Ragains.  He stepped in Heaven walking hand in hand with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, into everlasting life, and was welcomed by his loving wife Shirley, along with many family and friends on Saturday, May 20th at 4:30 p.m. at Clinton House surrounded by his loving family.  He was 85 ½ years old.

Dean attended Columbine School in Colorado for grades 1-8th.  He graduated from Miami Yoder High School in 1949.  He attended Immanuel Missionary Bible School, then he left Colorado and moved to Frankfort, Indiana to attend Frankfort Pilgrim Holiness College.  Dean received his Preacher’s license in 1956.  He graduated from college in 1960.

He married Shirley May (Hutchins) Ragains on June 8, 1956 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Chillicothe, Ohio.  They were married 59 ½ years. Dean was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.  He was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ and is with his Savior today!

Dean worked at Ingram Richardson for 2 years, then he worked for National Homes for 40 ½ years.  He retired from his career at Clinton County Highway Department.  He had worked there for 10 ½ years.  Dean was an active member of the First Wesleyan Church where he was a faithful board member, usher and Sunday School Superintendent.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2016 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Dean’s Celebration of Life will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 25th at the First Wesleyan Church, 400 S. Third St., Frankfort. Pastor Alan Downing will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the First Wesleyan Church.

Survived by:

Dean and Shirley had 3 children and 77 foster children in their care of over 24 years. His three children are Vera (David) Gillum of Winamac, Indiana, John (Patricia) Ragains of Shelbyville, and Michael (Dusty) Ragains of Frankfort, Indiana. He was blessed with 16 grandchildren, Garren Gillum, Myriah Gillum, Savannah Wright, Sierra Wright, Cora Ragains, John Albert Ragains, Aurora Ragains, Samantha Bates, Collin Bates, Judi Bates, Andrew Bates, Maxwell Bates, Cassie (Matthew) Blackburn, Zachary (Veanna) Ragains, Alex (Trista) Ragains, and Kaleb Ragains. He had two great granddaughters, Lotus Shea Wright and Annabelle Nicole Ragains, and one great grandson, Jace Andrew Ragains.

Preceded by:

his loving wife, Shirley, his parents, five brothers, Sanford, Albert, Bill, Paul and Edward and his foster son, Gene Thatcher.


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3 Condolences for “Arnolddean Ragains”

  1. Nancy Elsea May 22, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Dear Ragains family,
    I have such fond memories of Dean and Shirley as some of our most willing and loving foster parents and of you kids as great siblings for our fosters. I am so thankful for Dean and Shirley being such accepting and guiding parents for Gene, throughout his life. Such wonderful people! They have many, many stars in their crowns now that they are with their Savior. Take care of yourselves. Memories of Dean and Shirley will live on through their many, many children.

  2. James E. Day May 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    To the family: I am sorry for your loss.

  3. Tammy (Ragains) Shelley May 22, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Dear Family,
    I am sorry to see the last of our fathers and uncles pass away. I am glad to know we will all be together in heaven one day. I pray for peace and comfort to everyone of you. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult week.

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