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Mr. James "Rags" Ragsdale, age 66, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 20, 2010. He grew up on the west side of Grand Rapids and delivered the newspapers from a very early age (often times getting up at 4 a.m.). In 1962 he graduated form Union High School where he played baseball. Jim enlisted in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, specialized in decoding, and left the service with a rank of Sgt. After the service, Jim attended Grand Rapids Junior College, earning his Associates Degree in Business. For many years he worked for Michigan National Bank and ATL Credit Union on 36th Street. Jim played fast-pitch softball and was the team manager, sponsored by "Putt-Putts" and "The Thunder Chicken." He was a wonderful father who was involved in his son's sports, helped with coaching in community games, provided transportation, helped many young men set and achieve life-time goals, and also taught sportsmanship. Jim's home was always open to everyone; pick-up games were often played on most Sundays. He was an avid golfer. Jim is survived by his son, Will and Melanie Ragsdale; grandchildren, Sophia Ragsdale, Sam Kleynenberg, Eli Kleynenberg; mother, Mrs. Edith Ragsdale; sister, Liz Stoner; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil, and his son, Curtis Kleynenberg.