Austin “Bud” Ragle of Eugene died May 30, 2008, of a stroke at age 86. No service is planned.
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He was born July 10, 1921. In Baker to Austin and Ida Irby Ragle. He married Macey Sullivan on Jan. 15, 1946, in Boise.
Ragle graduated from high school in Baker in 1939. He served as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps in World War II from 1942 to 1945 and was taken prisoner after being shot down in occupied France. He received the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star and Oak Leaf Clusters.
He attended Chouinard Art Center, American Press Institute Columbia University and the New York Bureau of Advertising Radio, Television and Print. He worked in advertising for the Oregon Journal and The Oregonian, and was advertising manager for PayLess Drug and Emporium stores, the Longview Daily News and the East Oregonian. He was an instructor for Dale Carnegie courses.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Morris of Canby; a daughter, Maury Ragle of Eugene; a sister, Betty Michael of Eugene; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A son, Austin “Dick” Ragle, died previously.
Arrangements by Alpha Cremation Services in Eugene. Remembrances to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, June 26, 2008
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor