ALBANY – Harold Walter Ragotzkie 91, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at home. Harold was born in Albany, New York and resided in Guilderland NY for 60+ years. Harold attended Phillip Schuyler high school, after high school he entered the Army during WWII and served gallantly earning Two Purple Hearts with the 325th Combat Engineer Division. He was a Plumber with Local 7 of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union of Albany, NY and worked on many of the large projects including the building of SUNY Albany Campus and the Empire State Plaza. Harold was also a member with the Albany Elks. He retired at age 62 and spent his retirement years traveling and spending time with his wife, Thelma, daughter Karen and grandchildren. In 2007 Harold was honored with the Capital District Senior Issues Forum 10th Senior Lifetime Achievement Award.
Harold is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mrs. Thelma Ragotzkie. He is also survived by his daughter Karen Lee Moran & her husband Kevin Moran of Voorheesville, NY. Also survived by two granddaughters, Heather Lee Ruter and her husband Zac Ruter of Colonie, and Brooke Allison Leavitt of Valatie, NY, and one great grandchild, Landon Allen Langley of Colonie, NY.
Funeral services will be held at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday morning March 13th at 10:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Wednesday March 12th from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Colonie, NY in the spring. Date to be announced. Those who wish may make memorial contributions may do so to The Community Hospice of Albany County. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.