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RONALD “RONNIE” REAGAN

Ronald “Ronnie” Reagan, 62, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Debbie Rice-Reagan, died peacefully on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Born abroad in Germany as a U.S. citizen, he was a son of the late Dale W. Reagan and Erika Monteith. Ronnie lived in the Montgomery Community and made his living on the water as a commercial fisherman. He owned and operated a shrimp boat until he retired in 2013 as a two
-time cancer survivor. He was a quiet man with a strong work ethic who loved nature, loved his family and friends, and was given to few words and quiet contemplation.

Ronnie accepted what came to him in life without complaint. He often said, “It is what it is.”
He experienced life as a man with exceptionally good looks, and he experienced life with scars and deformity after surviving cancer. His spirit grew and was strengthened by his faith.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Debbie Rice-Reagan; his mother, Erika Monteith; his sister, Dolores Barnett; two brothers, Dale Reagan and his wife Mary Sue Reagan and Thomas Blood; his mother-in-law Norma Rice, a mom to him; sister-in-law Donna Lodge and her husband Lonnie and son James; brother-in-laws Keith Rice II and his wife Summer and sons Wyatt and West and Kurt Rice and his wife Beth and sons Jake and Ricky; and his step-mother Luise Reagan in addition to well-loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Dale Reagan, his brother, Bernard Reagan, and his father-in-law Keith Rice.

The funeral service is private in order to protect the living during the Covid Pandemic. It will be live-streamed at 10:00 on Tuesday, August 25th, on the Montgomery Presbyterian Church Facebook page and available afterwards to view.

LIVE STREAM INSTRUCTIONS FOR SERVICE:
Service will begin at 10 am on Tuesday August 24th.
To attend online:
Go to www.mpcsavannah.com
Click on the Blue Tab that says Sunday Live Stream
This will take you to our Facebook page. Click on the live video to hear and watch. This video will remain on the churches FB page, so if you are unable to attend during the live stream on Tuesday it will still be available later.
If you are having trouble accessing Facebook, you still will be able to watch the service in a couple of days on the church Youtube Channel MPCSavannah.

You are invited to view the memorial video for Ronnie by clicking here.

Honor Ronnie’s life by an intentional act of kindness. Call, visit, or send a card to someone shut-in or lonely or make a donation to a favorite charity. Visit www.gamblefuneralservice.com to sign the guest book, relive memories by viewing the picture slide show, and to share your thoughts about Ron and his life.

Online Condolences

  1. Max Harper says:

    Our prayers and condolences Ronnie you are now with the lord and also Debbie prayers for you and your family during this time.

  2. Keelie Reed says:

    Debbie,

    I have 2 memories of Ronnie among the many, as we grew up lived in same community. Rocky and I were at Ronnie’s to get crab or something like that, one of our Bibles was accidentally on floorboard of car. He picked it up, brushed it off and said don’t do that. Ronnie sat with Rocky and I at Pavillion one day, He spoke of his quest to go to West Point. I went to Jenkins with him. He was handsome popular and was involved with chorus, high school plays. A hard working crabber and shrimper. He is loved and will be missed by Montgomery community. I consider it a privilegeto know him. Prayers for peace and comfort. .

  3. Mary K Jones says:

    Debbie,

    I will remember Ronnie as he walked his dog, He always had a wave as he was going by, He took such pride in his home and took such care of his & your yards. We will miss him walking around the neighborhood.

    We grieve with you, Debbie. You are a wonderful loving wife and I know he appreciated you. God be with you as you go through this painful time. Please know that we are thinking of you and are in our prayers. Eddie and Mary Jones

  4. Danny Lewis says:

    I went to Jenkins with Ronnie. He was a good friend back then. We always called him Zap. So sorry to read another one went down. God speed.

  5. Skeet & Michelle Browning says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family, Ronnie was a wonderful man and great friend, we will miss him dearly,

  6. Tere Browning says:

    Ronnie was such a good man and his kindness to all of us was wonderful he was like no one we had ever known. He had a strength with in him that was amazing. Joey was Blessed to call him his great Georgia friend.
    May God Bless and hold all of you in his Love and Comfort you during this time of sorrow. Remember always Jesus promises this is not the end but the beginning and we will be reunited again .

  7. David & Debbie Morgan says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to you over the death of Ronnie.
    May the kindness and love of family and friends comfort
    you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and
    prayers.

  8. John Wheeler says:

    So sorry to hear the sad news about Ronnie, prayers are with you and if you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask.

  9. Lisa E Kellett says:

    I went to high school with Ronnie. We were in homeroom together. We didn’t run in the same circles (he was more popular than I – LOL), but he was such a kind person. Obviously, I have never forgotten that. God speed to his family.
    Lisa Elliott Kellett

  10. Eric and Cheryl McDunnell says:

    He was my friend, like a brother. He always had a twinkle in his eye. I’m grateful to have known him all these years.
    Debbie, we never walk alone. Love, love, love…

  11. Charlene Taylor Harrell says:

    So very sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. He was a big part of our family. My mom & dad always loved Ronnie like the son they never had. He was such a wonderful, sweet person. Always had a great smile & a kind word.

    I have so many fond memories of Ronnie with my parents, Carol & Andy (Weegee) Taylor, from fishing, to crabbing, to shrimping, hanging at their house & so many, many more.

    God bless you during this very difficult time.

  12. Dawn Webster-Chase says:

    Ronnie was loved by all that met him. He was a special part of our family. He will always hold a special place in the Webster’s hearts. Rest in peace, my brother, you put up a great fight.
    Debbie, special prayers for you and your family for this loss. Ronnie was a great man, that always helped no matter what. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to call us.

    Prayers, and love sent. and remember we are but a phone call away.

  13. Tanya Shores says:

    I first met Ronnie when a friend recommended him for fresh local shrimp. I bought some frozen so I could take them to my father in North Carolina for Father’s Day. That was the best Low Country Boil cooked in Mountain water EVER!! Dad talked about it all the time!! And Dad worked all over the southeast eating out every day. Thanks to Ronnie one Happy Dad!!

  14. Melody Reagan Mammay says:

    Ronnie was one of the sweetest people I ever knew and was proud that he was part of our Reagan family. Good looking, smart, driven, charismatic, leader, talented, lover of the ocean, lover of music and lover of a wonderful wife for over 40 years. We will all loved you and will miss you cousin. You fought the cancer fight, but you didn’t let it take your soul or your spirit. Rest In Peace my sweet cousin.

  15. Kelly Powell says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate your days ahead, Debbie. I didn’t know Ronnie, but I know you, Debbie. So, he must have been a wonderful man to be fortunate enough to have married a true gem like yourself. Much love, Kelly

  16. Dustin & Jenna Barnwell says:

    Although we have never had the pleasure of meeting Ronnie, Debbie has told us many wonderful stories about him. Debbie was so proud of her hardworking, practical, and no-nonsense husband. I will always remember the way Debbie told me that Ronnie won her heart by working hard and serving others. Prayers and love to Debbie and all of Ronnie’s family.

    – The Barnwell’s

  17. Cindy Youmans says:

    Debbie,
    I didn’t know Ronnie personally, but I know how much he meant to you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Please reach out if you need someone to talk to.
    With my deepest sympathy,
    Cindy Youmans

  18. Charlie says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. You have mine and my wife’s deepest sympathy.

  19. Heather (White) Ferrell says:

    Mrs. Debbie,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    All my love, Heather

  20. JoAnn Rusden says:

    Based on all of the comments about Ronnie, I feel less fortunate to have never met your wonderful husband, Debbie. May you find peace in your beautiful memories and His promised comfort.
    JoAnn

  21. Martha Swindelle says:

    Safe home Ronnie. Our community will feel the loss. My sincere condolences to Ronnie’s family and friends.

  22. Danny Edwards says:

    Debbie.we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you a are with you and your family. Danny and Janet Edwards

  23. Tania Gilbert says:

    Mrs. Debbie,
    Prayers that God will strengthen and comfort you and your family during this time of loss.

    With deepest sympathy
    Tania Gilbert

  24. Dave Methe says:

    Captain Ronnie Reagan is my friend, yesterday, today, tomorrow. Ronnie is a Renaissance Man, he of course was a Waterman of Coastal Georgia, Commercial Crabber, Shrimp Boat Captain, Fished and worked and lived his love of our waters. Also, Ronnie told me some years ago he was in his younger days was a ‘Dancing Instructor’, yes he is a ‘Man For All Seasons’. I can imagine he could ‘Cut A Rug’, and as a Handsome and a Debonaire Young Man he probably had no problem getting his Dancing Lessons booked solid.
    I have known Ronnie for a good many years, as he became a Shrimp Boat Captain I spent a number of days on his boat, he was kind to take this greenhorn out, until you have spent some time on a Commercial Shrimp Boat you really don’t have an understanding of what it is all about. Captan Ronnie showed me the Shrimping Boat danger, hard work, unpredictably, good drags, not so good drags, engine and deck equipment operations, so much to know and do. I have lived here for many years, love the water, and thought of myself as somewhat of a Waterman, once I met Captain Ronnie Reagan, I knew from Ronnie what a ‘Waterman’ truly is.
    Ronnie had the Salt Water In His Veins, he told me many times that a Commercial Fisherman’s life is hard, in many ways, as we made our way out on his Shrimp boat in the early mornings, daytime moving on the water whether rough or calm, and coming back in at sunset, Captain Ronnie would say this was much of the rewards of a Waterman, God’s Beauty for him to behold. I could write so much more talking Fishing, Crabbing, Shrimping, Hunting, Family, Politics and much more with my friend, one day I will see Captain Ronnie again.
    ‘Fair Winds and Following Seas’

  25. Serena Woodward Knight says:

    Debbie, so sorry for your loss. Sending love to you and the family.

  26. Cindy Shultz says:

    My heart is broken for you for the loss of your husband, Ronnie, and all who were blessed to have known him. You will be in my prayers now and in the days to come. May sweet memories bring you comfort and peace.
    Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted ~

  27. Lauren Hickman says:

    My heart breaks for the great loss that is Ronnie. He was a wonderful man, and he loved us all so well. I don’t think I would have my great obsession for shrimp if it wasn’t for him, and his great skill of shrimping. I pray that he always has tight lines, clear skies and deep waters in heaven. I love you, Debbie, and I am thinking and praying for you daily. xoxo Lauren

  28. Teressa Smith says:

    Mrs. Rice Reagan My heart goes out to you and your family. Sending lots of hugs and prayers.

  29. Christy Taylor Kiley says:

    Ronnie was a kind person! He had a great sense of humor and an infectious smile and laugh! We went to school together at Jenkins and shared many classes as well as high school memories. Our fathers were good friends and my dad (Weegee Taylor) thought of Ronnie as the son he never had! My mother (Carol) would delight each year as she picked out the perfect Christmas gift for Ronnie. My children grew up knowing Mr. Ronnie was the man who supplied them with all those good shrimp dinners. Ronnie had a love and respect for the rivers of Savannah. My dad has a framed picture at his house of him driving Captain Ronnie’s boat and he shared many tales of their time together. I was so sorry to learn of Ronnie’s death. He will be missed!

    Please take comfort in your memories and find strength knowing that the world was a better place because he passed this way.

  30. Anna Wood says:

    Mrs. Rice-Reagan, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  31. Nancy Williams says:

    Oh Debbie, Jim and I are so saddened to hear about Ronnie. Ronnie showed his kindness when he came and spoke with Jim about their shared medical issues. We know your faith will carry you through this difficult time and hope the wonderful memories you have of your Ronnie will bring you peace. Sending you and your family love and prayers.
    Love,
    Nancy and Jim

  32. Paul Vogel says:

    Debbie,

    I just heard. I am so sorry for your loss. Big prayers and hugs for you my friend. I pray for peace and strength for you and your family. Sending you lots of love.

  33. Karen Sahr says:

    Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of your dear husband’s passing. I know how much you loved him and how well you helped to take care of him for many years. I am so glad that you had the last year to spend with him without the stress of school. You are in my prayers ❤️

  34. Lisa Veale says:

    Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I’ll be praying for you. God bless you!

  35. Mike Reagan says:

    Goodbye Cousin, I wished I could have been half the man you were. My heart breaks for Debbi, Dale, Delores, Aubt Erica and the rest of the family. But we rest easy knowing that you are in a far better place.

  36. Laura O Witte says:

    To Debbie, The Rice and Reagan Families,
    My heart aches for you all and I pray these next days bring you peace and comfort as you witness all the lives that Ronnie touched and how he was so loved. As for me, I have some lifelong memories that I will always treasure and laugh with Debbie about for many years to come. One of my favorite memories is near the beginning, back in the late 70’s, Debbie had just introduced Ronnie to me as someone “special.” I believe we were all at a late night diner as we all had worked until late. I know Debbie was about 19, had two jobs and college. Ronnie, 20ish, had at least three jobs I believe at the time, so they were both over achievers and perfect for eachother. Ronnie was sweet and kind and didn’t take his eyes off Debbie for one minute that night and that smile of his said everything! So, for these last forty-one or so years nothing changed much. Deb and Ronnie worked hard, built a whole life and future, they helped neighbors, celebrated family and did many good deeds; and Ronnie was always kind with a big smile, and eyes for only Debbie. Ronnie was indeed, special. Goodbye my friend.

  37. Debbie and Ralph Focht says:

    Thoughts and prayers for Debbie, His Mom, Dolores,Dale and many family members and friends that knew Ronnie! He was a sweet cousin who was always smiling and joking whatever came his way in life. We all will miss him and know he is in no more pain.

  38. Erika Masciantonio says:

    Heartfelt continued prayers to ALL Uncle Ronnie’s family and friends❤️
    Uncle Ronnie to me was my handsome cool uncle. As a little girl when we would visit Savannah I always looked forward to seeing him and Aunt Debbie. I can remember the feeling I had when I was with them. Which was a calm and relaxed feeling. I recently visited Savannah in June. I took my young children. I wanted to show them all the special places and share memories of my childhood visiting my family in Savannah. The number 1 experience at ever had in Savannah Uncle Ronnie created for me.
    I was about 7, my sister would of been 5. Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Debbie took us out on a motor boat. We seemed to go far. We ended up at this little island. It was so incredibly beautiful. We put the anchor down and got out. We walked the beach and looked at the the undisturbed nature. Shells, creatures , and debris that had washed up. We swam in the surf. It was one of the coolest things I ever did as a kid. It felt like a movie. I told my kids about it when we went to Savannah
    Love you Uncle Ronnie ❤️

  39. Darrin and Linda White says:

    So sorry for your loss. We hope that you are able to find much comfort with those around you now, as well as in the future. Our thoughts are with you and yours.

  40. Larry Witte Jr. says:

    Ronnie and I met through our wive’s longtime friendship and though we spent little time around one another. I found Ronnie to be a man who was thankful for all the family and friends he had in his life. He struck me as a quiet man and yet strong in his beliefs. When we did spend time together and you could get him to talk about fishing, he told some good stories of his exploits as a shrimp boat Captain. He also spoke his mind but was always respectful. I will remember Ronnie as a man of integrity and who placed his family and friend’s needs above his own. You are now with our Lord and Savior so rest in peace my friend.

  41. Josh Blackston says:

    I ran out of gas one morning pullin traps in moon river ( I was 12 maybe ) Ronnie took time out his morning to pull me back to Chick and Delores dock …. His advice was “ Boy ya gotta prepare better than this “ Great man Montgomery lost a Goodn

  42. Jenny Sapp Hendrix says:

    Mrs Debbie:

    Mr Ronnie was a sweet wonderful hardworking man, he will definitely be missed by the Montgomery community. It comforts me to know that he and my mom ( June Bug Sapp Hendrix) are reunited with our loved ones who have gone on before us, I can only imagine the conversations they’re having in heaven. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! ♥️

  43. Cheryl Reagan MacGregor says:

    You will be very missed my dear cousin and when my husband Don saw a spacific picture of you he just said he wished he could have met you. Love you.

  44. Bonnie Delvers says:

    Dear Family of Ronnie,
    I had the good fortune of meeting Ronnie when we got caught in our boat on the outgoing tide in the Moon River. My husband had to be taken to the hospital due to a cut trying to release our boat from an oyster bed. I was alone until our friends could return from taking a couple on their jet ski back to a dock very far away. We anchored the boat. As I sat there alone watching boaters go by (some offered help, others not). Afterwards when the boaters stopped, a Knight in Shining Shrimp Armor walked across the oysters in his hip boots and said he would toe my boat to his friend’s dock. I was relieved! I had been praying prior to his appearance. What an angel and I was soooo happy to know that his name was Ronnie Reagan (my favorite President’s name). May God bless all of you at this most trying time but know that Ronnie is at peace with his Savior. Bonnie Delvers

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