Phillip A. Ragno, age 88, of Spring Valley, passed away on Friday, November 4th, 2022.
He was born on June 2nd, 1934 to the late Anthony and Josephine (Sartiano) Ragno. Phil and his sisters grew up in the neighborhood of Woodvale in Johnstown, PA. It was such a close knit neighborhood that over a decade later the boys started an annual reunion that continued for 50 years.
After graduating from Johnstown High School in 1952, he joined the Navy (1952 – 1956) and was stationed in Key West FL, where he achieved the rank of ET2. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1960 with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
He landed in Heath, Ohio in 1965, working for Newark AFS; he earned a Masters in Logistics Management from Central Michigan. He then was transferred to Wright Patterson AFB as a GS14 in 1984 and retired in 1990.
Phil loved sailing his boat and racing on Buckeye Lake while living in Newark, Ohio. He enjoyed working with his hands, digging in the dirt, wood working, and painting pictures. After retirement, he picked the accordion back up again after 40 years. He played the accordion with many bands including The Kettering Banjo Society and Beavercreek Strummers.
Phil was a talented musician, very artistic, and devout in his faith. He didn't know a stranger and loved talking to anyone and everyone. Both his talent and his heart will be missed by many, none more than his wife of 36 years, Belinda Sue (Ayers) Ragno, children Karen M. (Jim) Halliday, Kevin A. (Amy) Ragno, Anthony W. Ragno, and Joseph R.(Jessica) Ragno, grandchildren Katherine J. Langley, James W. Halliday III, Stephanie N. Denuit, Michael K. Ragno, Cayden M. Jenkins, Autumn M. Shumaker, Ethan D. Ragno, 7 great-grandchildren with an eighth on the way, sisters Marie Gallucci and Carmellina Wyrwas, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by sons Phillip J Ragno and Kristopher G Ragno.
To help the family celebrate his life, you are invited to attend a Memorial Mass held in his honor at St. Brigid Catholic Church (312 Fairground Rd, Xenia, OH 45385) on Friday, November 18th at 10:30 am. Inurnment will take place on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 12:30 at St. Anthony Cemetery in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
You are welcome to write a condolence message, send flowers, and share a story or picture of Phil at www.ConnerAndKoch.com.