Obituaries: Ardyce Louise Ragen

AGENCY-Ardyce Louise Ragen, 81, of Agency, passed away June 28, 2020 at her home.

She was born January 7, 1939 in Ottumwa to Arthur Lewis and Viola Margaret Hauder Barnett. In 1959 she married Gary Ragen and to this union was born a daughter, Tracy Lyn and a son, Troy Lee, and they later divorced.

A 1957 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Ardyce worked for the US Postal Service for 30 years, earning the distinction of the first woman to serve full time as rural carrier in Ottumwa before retiring in 1999.

She was a member of First Christian Church, having served as an elder and deacon, as well as board president. Upon the closing of the First Christian Church, she became a member of Bladensburg Christian Church. Ardyce was an active member of the Rural Letter Carrier Association, serving as president of the Iowa Rural Letter Carriers Association, as well as union secretary and 19 years as union steward. She served three terms as Mayor of the city of Agency.  She loved spending time with family and was very involved in her children’s activities.

Surviving is her daughter, Tracy Rulon of Desota, KS; her son, Troy Ragen of Chillicothe, IA; 2 grandsons, Wesley (Jessica) Ragen and William Ragen (Cassandra White); 2 great-granddaughters, Peyton and Temperance; a brother, Dallas (Rita) Barnett of Granbury, TX; and 3 sisters, Claudette (Erette) Reeves of Ottumwa, Barbara (Everett) Jones of West Plains, MO, and Bonita Davis of Independence, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Limited open visitation for friends will be 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 2 at Reece Funeral Home. The family will be outside the funeral home to greet friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Private funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 3 at Reece Funeral Home with Larry Smith officiating.  For those not able to be inside the funeral home with the family during the service, you may watch the funeral from the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page.

Burial will be in McCormick Cemetery near Highland Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bladensburg Christian Church.