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Michael Ragusa

September 2, 1948 — September 27, 2016

Michael W. Ragusa, 68, of Streator passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 27, 2016 with his family by his side.  Michael fought a courageous battle for a long time and left this world with grace and dignity.

Mike was born on September 2, 1948 in Streator to Joseph and Priscilla (Fulks) Ragusa.  He married Roseann Liss on May 24, 1975.  She survives.

Also surviving are daughters Renee (John) Ainsley of Streator, Kim (Brad Washkowiak) Ragusa of LaSalle, grandchildren Scott Hays and Anthony Cunningham both of Streator, and Alayna Washkowiak of LaSalle, brother Chris (Cheri Michel) Ragusa of East Peoria, sister-in-law Debra Ragusa of Streator, brother-in-law Ray (Anita) Liss of Marion, IL and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Joseph Alan Ragusa.

Mike graduated from Streator High School in 1967 and attended Illinois Valley Community College.  He was a Marine Corps Veteran serving in Vietnam. This duty would go on to shape his life forever.  For 35 years Mike worked for the Disabled American Veterans and AMVETS of Illinois where he would dedicate his life to helping veterans. Unfortunately Mike brought back part of Vietnam with him, which would impact his health, but never his spirit.

Mike was a life member of the Illinois AMVETS and Streator VFW Post 1492.  He was also a member of the AMVETS Riders, Pekin Marine Corps League, Streator American Legion Post 217, and the Streator Elks Lodge 591.

Mike was a humble man who did not truly see how special he was.   He always had a kind word to say, was a great giver of advice, and was an inspiration for all who knew him.  He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, savoring a fine glass of wine, and most of all, he loved to be with his family.  He will be greatly missed.

A visitation will be held Saturday, October 1st from 10 AM until 4 PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home.  Eulogies will be given following the visitation.  Cremation rites will follow.

Memorials may be made in his name to the AMVETS Riders North Pekin Chapter #169 for the homeless veterans.

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