February 8, 1928 – August 17, 2013
Andrew J. Ragona, age 85 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Centerville Nursing and Rehab in Centerville.
Andrew Ragona was born February 8, 1928 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Joseph “Joe” and Diana (Kennis) Ragona. He married Winnie Howe at the St. Francis Rectory in Mystic, Iowa in 1948. At an early age he started working in the coal mines. His father owned the Iowa Coal Company and Andy bought a coal truck after serving his country during WWII. He started Double R Dairy Bar in 1964 and operated the family business for the rest of his life. He was the Grand Knight in the Centerville Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Centerville. Andy was an avid Hawkeye and Big Red fan.
Andy is survived by his wife, Winnie of Centerville; two children, Nancy (Wayne) Hoffman of Centerville and Andrew (Sandy) Ragona of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Bob Hoffman of Centerville, Mike (Vicki) Hoffman of Centerville, Michelle (Robbie) Sands of Centerville, Wendy (Jason) McElvain of Centerville and Drew (Shalee) Hoffman of Centerville; 11 great grand children; a brother, Joe (Peggy) Ragona of Donahue, Iowa; and a sister, Jeanie (the late Terry) Farley of Davenport, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Diana Kennis Ragona; three brothers, Paul, John, Charlie; and a sister, Joann Kauzlarich.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 AM, Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville Father Mike Volkmer officiating. A visitation will be held on Monday, August 19 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville from 12 PM-8 PM, with the family present from 6-8 PM. Following the mass on Tuesday, Andy will be cremated and no inurnment will be held at this time. Memorials have been established to the Appanoose County Historical and Coal Mining Museum and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, IA, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.Information provided by: Lange Funeral Home 1900 South 18th Street Centerville, IA 52544 www.langefh.com