Ralph E. Scroggins

Ralph Earl Scroggins, 90, of Jacksonville passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

He was born Aug. 4, 1928, in Palmyra to Marion Earl and Georgia Faye (Crawford) Scroggins.

Mr. Scroggins was raised in the Palmyra area and graduated from Girard High School in 1946. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in the Panama Canal Zone until his discharge in 1952. He moved to Jacksonville after discharge and worked at Mrs. Tucker’s, followed by employment as a business manager at the Jacksonville State Hospital until his retirement in 1990. He met his wife, Donna (Schone) Scroggins in 1962 while both were employed at the hospital. They were married May 26, 1962, and celebrated 56 years of marriage in May; she survives.

Mr. Scroggins served the Jacksonville community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the South Jacksonville Fire Department and was happy to serve in several leadership positions as a member of the Jacksonville Sportsman’s Club. He was also a member of the American Legion. He and his wife have been members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jacksonville for many years, and he served his church community in a variety of ways, big and small. He also enjoyed competing at bowling and horseshoe pitching and sharing his love of fishing, boating and hunting with his children.

In addition to his wife, surviving are his children, Brenda (Barry) Hughes of Muscatine, Iowa, and Brett (Colleen) Scroggins of Hebron; grandchildren, Jacob (Jessica) Scroggins of Phoenix, Ariz., Aemilia Scroggins of Flagstaff, Ariz., Justin Hughes and Jonathon Hughes of Muscatine, Iowa, and Thomas Baldwin, Patrick Baldwin, Morgan Baldwin and Madison Baldwin, all of Hebron; and a brother, Kent Scroggins of Palatka, Fla.

Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Williamson Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or Jacksonville Sportsman’s Club.

Condolences may be left online at airsman-hires.com.