David L. Ragan, Jr.
PRINCETON David L. Ragan, Jr., 58, of 39 Holly Hill Rd. in Princeton died Monday, October 26, 2009, at his residence. Born in McComas, W.Va. September 2, 1951, he was the son of David L. Ragan, Sr. of Kegley and the late Janet Moses Ragan. He was a retired professional pilot, last serving as chief pilot for Marshall Miller Associates in Bluefield. David also served as chief pilot for Paper Supply Co. for several years. He was a graduate of Bramwell High School and Bluefield State College in civil engineering. In a life filled with wonderful experiences, David flew all over the United States, served as a bridge inspector for the WV Department of Highways and as a trained paramedic served in the Princeton Rescue Squad, OH-9 Ambulance service and in the Emergency Room of Princeton Community Hospital. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. David never met a stranger. Everyone he met developed a great admiration for him. He has many friends and supporters who are both proud and amazed at the great courage he displayed during his battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). He leaves to cherish his memory a wonderful family and extended family that cared for him to the end. Survivors in addition to his father are his wife, Deborah "Debbie" Coppola Ragan of Princeton; one son, David Lee Ragan and his wife Hope of Winston-Salem, N.C.; stepson, Logan Joseph Ascue of Princeton; three grandsons, Dillon Lee Ragan, Morgan Wayne Ragan and Barron Thomas; two sisters, Karen DeHart and her husband Mike and Pam Arrington and her husband Leslie, all of Kegley; mother-in-law, Louise Coppola of Maybeury; sisters and brothers-in law, Mary Jackson, Vickie and Rick Bailey, Lisa and David Tessa, Augie and Patrella Coppola and David Eugene and Sheree Coppola; several nieces and nephews; special caregiver and friend, Betty Snider; loyal dog and companion, Ariel; best friends and fellow hunters, Danny Hurley and Donnie White; special friends, Fred Toney, Phyllis and Mac Howell, Teresa Riley, Roger Estep, Glenna Curran and the many friends and co-workers at Princeton Community Hospital. In keeping with his wishes the body has been cremated. A memorial service to celebrate the life of David will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Minister Fred Toney as eulogist and Mike McClure and David Eugene Coppola as speakers. Friends may call at Seaver Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to the service hour. Memorial contributions may be made to the A.L.S. Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 416 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209. Online condolences may be made at www.seaverfuneralservice.net Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Ragan family.