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Douglas Rand Ragusa

November 13, 1943 ~ March 16, 2024

Douglas Rand Ragusa, son of Ruby Evangeline (Aaron) and Breezie Alton Ragusa, Sr., was born in Alexandria, LA on November 13, 1943. His family ultimately settled in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was a graduate of Lake Charles High and attended Louisiana State University and Tulane University. While working for the City of Lake Charles Mayor’s Office, Doug helped to push the Highway 171 expansion to four lanes from Lake Charles to Shreveport as well as the reconstitution of Chennault Air Force Base, now called the Chennault International Airport, to spur local economic development.
Through the years, Doug was passionate about LSU sports, supporting the Arts Council of Louisiana, and renaming Interstate 210 in Lake Charles to the Douglas B. Fournet Memorial Parkway as well as the dedication of the Douglas B. Fournet Memorial, which is located in Veterans Memorial Park at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Breezie Alton Ragusa, Sr. and Ruby Evangeline (Aaron) Ragusa; brother, John Thomas (Tom) Ragusa; brother, Breezie Alton Ragusa, Jr.; sister, Margaret Landry (Ragusa); and daughter, Christy Suzanne King (Ragusa).

He is survived by his children, Rand Ragusa (Ruth), Brad Ragusa (Julie), and Peter Ragusa; and grandchildren, Gabriella Ragusa, Miles Ragusa, Jacob Ragusa, Robert King, Evangeline Ragusa, and Aspen Ragusa.

The memorial service is planned for Saturday, March 30, 2024 2pm at First Methodist Church, 812 Kirkman St., Lake Charles, LA. Visitation is from 12-2pm. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider St. Jude Foundation donations. Further details can be found on the Johnson Funeral Home website.

Services

Visitation: Saturday, March 30, 2024
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

First United Methodist Church
812 Kirkman Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601


Funeral Service: Saturday, March 30, 2024
2:00 pm

First United Methodist Church
812 Kirkman Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601


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  1. Candle 1So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I know his family and friends will miss him greatly!

  2. Candle 4Always loved and always a friend to everyone. He was the heart of our LCHS CLASS ‘61! We all will miss him and remember him when we can’t remember anything else. Cookie Dittmann Phillips

  3. To Doug’s family,
    My deepest sympathy in your loss. Doug was passionate about many causes and especially during his work with Mayor Ed Watson. He will always be remembered for his great personality. Rest in peace, friend.


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