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Raymond Victor Maragni

West Frankfort, Illinois

December 17, 1935 - May 14, 2024

Raymond Victor Maragni Obituary

Raymond Victor Maragni , 88, of West Frankfort, passed from this life on May 14, surrounded by his loving family.


He was born on Dec 17, 1935 in St. Louis, Mo., to Pete and Amelia (Zurich) Maragni.


He married Rosalyn (Rainbolt) on April 7, 1954 and she survives.


He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Donald and Ben, a grandson, Sean Kristian Cash, a great- granddaughter, Megan Rae Maragni and a son-in-law, Carl Cash.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children David (Peggy) Maragni of Marion, Debbie Cash (the late Carl) of West Frankfort and Sherri (Alan) Murphy of West Frankfort. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. He is survived by a brother, Robert (Mary Ellen) Maragni also of West Frankfort.


Special friends/family who helped him in his final days were Diana Jones and husband Keith, and Morgan Riddle.


Ray was considered to be a musical genius, who began playing the accordion at age 4. By the age of 16 he began teaching accordion lessons, and by age 18, he had his own studio where he taught many students, and later he continued giving private lessons in his home.


In 1963, he began pastoring Williams Chapel in Ewing. He then pastored Townmount Baptist Church for 20 years, while also working as a commercial power meter man at AMEREN/CIPS.


He later founded and pastored Freedom Bible Fellowship and during that time, also traveled to Africa and founded a church in Papanditi, Kenya. He retired and later became a member of Soul's Harbor House of Prayer, where his son-law pastors in the same building where he pastored for many years.


He had a passion for sharing the gospel and for helping those who couldn't help themselves. His family was also a passion of his. His focus was on the eternal things with those inside and outside of his family and he met many needs, both spiritual and physical of his family, friends and church members.


He was a true patriarch--providing, protecting, teaching, guiding and supporting his family in every way. He was also known a a very generous man.


Ray loved Israel , having traveled there and studied about it for many years, and he loved reading and teaching the word of God. He was a powerful man of prayer.


He was a friend of God.


Funeral services will be at 2:00p.m. Saturday May 18, 2024 in Union Funeral Home - West Frankfort, Illinois with his son, David  Maragni officiating.  Burial will be in Denning Cemetery on the Orient road.  Visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00p.m. prior to the service.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Raymond Victor Maragni hosted by Union Funeral Home.

Raymond Victor Maragni , 88, of West Frankfort, passed from this life on May 14, surrounded by his loving family.


He was born on Dec 17, 1935 in St. Louis, Mo., to Pete and Amelia (Zurich) Maragni.


He married Rosalyn (Rainbolt) on April 7, 1954 and she survives.


He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Donald and Ben, a grandson, Sean Kristian Cash, a great- granddaughter, Megan Rae Maragni and a son-in-law, Carl Cash.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children David (Peggy) Maragni of Marion, Debbie Cash (the late Carl) of West Frankfort and Sherri (Alan) Murphy of West Frankfort. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. He is survived by a brother, Robert (Mary Ellen) Maragni also of West Frankfort.


Special friends/family who helped him in his final days were Diana Jones and husband Keith, and Morgan Riddle.


Ray was considered to be a musical genius, who began playing the accordion at age 4. By the age of 16 he began teaching accordion lessons, and by age 18, he had his own studio where he taught many students, and later he continued giving private lessons in his home.


In 1963, he began pastoring Williams Chapel in Ewing. He then pastored Townmount Baptist Church for 20 years, while also working as a commercial power meter man at AMEREN/CIPS.


He later founded and pastored Freedom Bible Fellowship and during that time, also traveled to Africa and founded a church in Papanditi, Kenya. He retired and later became a member of Soul's Harbor House of Prayer, where his son-law pastors in the same building where he pastored for many years.


He had a passion for sharing the gospel and for helping those who couldn't help themselves. His family was also a passion of his. His focus was on the eternal things with those inside and outside of his family and he met many needs, both spiritual and physical of his family, friends and church members.


He was a true patriarch--providing, protecting, teaching, guiding and supporting his family in every way. He was also known a a very generous man.


Ray loved Israel , having traveled there and studied about it for many years, and he loved reading and teaching the word of God. He was a powerful man of prayer.


He was a friend of God.


Funeral services will be at 2:00p.m. Saturday May 18, 2024 in Union Funeral Home - West Frankfort, Illinois with his son, David  Maragni officiating.  Burial will be in Denning Cemetery on the Orient road.  Visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00p.m. prior to the service.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Raymond Victor Maragni hosted by Union Funeral Home.

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