Robert Lewis Ragsdale

May 1, 1986 - April 22, 2022

05/01/1986 - 04/22/2022

Past Services

Celebration of Life
Saturday May 14, 2022
1:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions

Robert Ragsdale, 35, left us unexpectedly on Friday, April 22, 2022.  He was born in Newport News, VA on May 1, 1986 and lived in tidewater all his life.  He was the son of William Albert (Al) Ragsdale and Christine Campbell Ragsdale of Newport News, and the brother of Thomas Ragsdale of San Diego, CA, Tina Wadsworth of Prescott Valley, AZ, Susan Votra of Peculiar, MO, and Bethany DeMoss of Conroe, TX.

Robert graduated from Denbigh High School Aviation Academy with honors.  He also attended Thomas Nelson Community College for two years.

Robert loved airplanes and soloed with the Civil Air Patrol at 17.  He loved surfing with his friends and chilling at night around the fire pit.  Robert felt at peace in nature.  He enjoyed camping, hiking, birdwatching and stargazing, and was an expert fisherman.  Robert was a talented musician and played the piano and clarinet. 

He was very proud of his Scottish roots and family and never missed an opportunity to brag about them.  

Robert was a gentle and caring person who was always eager to help people.  He had a great sense of humor and lots of energy.  He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers please donate to a favorite charity of your choice.

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Kim & Kevin Cunningham
5 days ago

Al & Christine, we were shocked and saddened to learn of Robert’s passing, and cannot begin to imagine what you are going through. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Robert Rivers
7 days ago

Dear Al and Christine, I was so very sad to hear about your son. I can only imagine what a loss this must be. Natale and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. I hope the coming weeks will bring you peace and nothing but good memories. Your friends, Rob and Natale Rivers

Marianne Williams
8 days ago

Robert was one of the kindest souls I ever met. I remember him so well as a little boy and growing up in the church. We are sending you our deepest sympathy and our love and prayers.

Dana McMinn
8 days ago

Al & Christine – I can’t even imagine the loss you have experienced. While I never met Robert I do recall how you used to speak of him and his endeavors. I hope that you and your family find comfort in memories of the happy times with Robert. You are all are in my prayers.

Pam Stewart
9 days ago

My heart is broken for you all. In thinking of Robert and all that he was – smart, talented, confident – what I most admire is what a nice guy he was. My life has been enhanced because of him being a part of it – however briefly. He was a free spirit with the courage to live his own best life. The journey now has no limits. Safe travels, Robert.

Maureen smith
12 days ago

We are sorry to hear your very sad news and would like to send our heartfelt sympathy to you all. Will be in touch, thinking of you at this dreadful time. Love mauree and Brian Prestwick xx

Diane Wymer
13 days ago

I worked with Robert at OVM. He trained me in the how to’s of the job. He was probably the most patient person I’ve ever known. I grew to love him like my own. He once asked if he could call me Grandma. I did not hesitate to say yes. It made me proud. My biggest regret is that I never got to hear him play the keyboard. I am broken hearted Robert but I’m sure you are making a joyful noise in heaven. I will always love you and I will sorely miss you. Be watching for me…I’ll be there someday.

17 days ago

In December you told me “I hope I get to hug y’all in 2022. “ Maybe it was post covid, maybe it was our brother moving out west, but we felt more than ever we’d get together and have our long conversations in person, preferably at a camp fire. The reality that it can never happen, that those evening texts won’t occur again is overwhelming. You had so much love to give this world. This “hey big sister”, as you loved to call me, will miss you forever my sweet “little brother”.

Bethany DeMoss
18 days ago

Dear Robert, I was so excited to become your big sister all those years ago. I have always loved you, and I always will. Precious soul, you will never be forgotten.

Susan Votra
18 days ago

I love you little brother… you are forever in my heart. I will miss you every day.