Robert (Bud) F. Ragalie, 30, of River Forest and Oak Park, died on June 15, 2018. He was a casualty of the opioid epidemic. Born on June 10, 1988, he was named for his grandfather. After attending kindergarten at Hatch School, as his father did, the family moved to River Forest where his mother was raised. He attended Lincoln Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School, and was a member of the state champion Little League baseball team of 1998. A fierce competitor, he continued playing baseball into his high school years and was an all-conference selection for St John’s Northwestern Military Academy in his sophomore year.
His post-high school education included graduating with honors from the Coyne Institute of Chicago with HVAC certification. He spent many years in Austin, Texas, and his favorite activities, besides baseball and the White Sox, were listening to music, movies, cross-fit training, cooking with dad, and travel.
Robert Ragalie was born to Jean Harmon Ragalie-Carr (Jim Carr) and Gregg Ragalie (Kathleen Polk). He was the brother of Stephen and Joanne; grandson of Anne Harmon; nephew of Glenn (Betty) Ragalie, Diane Ragalie, Joe (Marion) Harmon, Mark (Denise) Harmon, Gregg (Anita) Harmon, Marion and Jim Pareti, Monica (Richard) Spurlock, Paul Harmon, and Dan Harmon; and the cousin of Michelle Parilla and many others. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Joseph E. Harmon, Joan Nolan Ragalie and Robert (Bud) Ragalie.
Services will be held on Saturday, June 23 at River Forest’s St. Luke Roman Catholic Church, 7600 W. Lake St., with visitation at 10 a.m., followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates memorial contributions to the Serenity House Alcohol & Drug Substance Abuse Treatment Center, 891 S. Rohlwing Rd., Addison 60101. Please go to www.serenityhouse.com and add a note, “In memory of Bud.”