Aaron Lee Ragan- age 33, of Joplin, MO as well as Kansas City, Arizona, and most recently Gallatin, MO passed away Friday, February 12th, 2021 in Gallatin. Aaron was born in Joplin, MO August 25th, 1987 to Judy (Jones) York and her ex-husband Jeff Ragan. Aaron was a 2006 graduate of Joplin High School. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of two tours in Iraq. A Defense Department security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most recently a helicopter flight instructor in Arizona and Missouri. Aaron was proud of his Irish American and Cherokee heritage, and loved the outdoors, especially hiking, camping, and fishing. He enjoyed Boston sports teams particularly the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox, and hockey.
Aaron was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents. He is survived by his mother and stepfather Judy and Kenneth York; his father Jeff Ragan; his ex-wife Johnnie (Pattison) Ragan and son Gabriel Ragan; his sister Amber Riley and her husband Justin; his brother Preston, his wife Paige, and niece Parker, brother Daniel Ragan, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to any service organization helping homeless veterans of the donor’s choice. Memorial services will be held later this year. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin. Telephone- (660) 663-2117. An online guestbook is available at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com
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