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Richard Leonard Gagen, 79

Richard Leonard Gagen, 79, of Sherwood passed away on August 26, 2018.  He was born in Des Moines, Iowa to the late Harold Leonard Gagen and Dorothy Pauline Poore Gagen.

Richard was an avid outdoors man who loved to hunt all birds, he was a proud member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited, National Wildlife and Turkey Federation.  He was a retired mail carrier with the United States Postal Service and one of the founding fathers of the Runyan Acres Fire Department along with Mike Foster and Charles Browning.  Richard served as the Assistant Chief and Training officer for Runyan Acres Fire Department from 1972 until 1985; he worked for many years at Fort Thompson and was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by a son Richard Evan Gagen.

He leaves behind his loving wife Dovie Gagen; son David B. Gagen and fiancé Dana Hodge; daughter Mary Gagen Fulmer; grandchildren Andrew Gagen (fiancé Sasha Whitfield), Aaron Gagen, Mason Bagwell, Carson Brie Fulmer (fiancé Christopher Crawford), Cierra Fulmer and one great-granddaughter Ella Rose and one brother Tom Gagen.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. Funeral services will be on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at A Natural State Funeral Service, Jacksonville, Arkansas.  Interment will be at 2:00 P.M. at Roosevelt Cemetery, Pleasant Plains, Arkansas.

His online guestbook is available at


  • Paul Stricklin Posted August 28, 2018 10:36 AM

    Dovie i am so sorry about the passing of your Husband and my close friend, Richard, Dick Gagen. He was a very good friend to me over the years.. When i was Chief on the Runyan Acres Fire Dept. We worked together, He was my Assist. Chief for quiet some time. You and the family are in my Prayers. Paul

  • Bryan & Sharron Bailey Posted August 28, 2018 11:29 AM

    We are so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. He was a very good neighbor. We enjoyed knowing him and having him and his wife over for our cookouts. He will be greatly missed. Praying for his wife and family.

  • Richard and Donna Scribner Posted August 28, 2018 2:42 PM

    Mary and kids — Richard and I are so sorry for your loss. We won’t be there in person but will be there for you with our thoughts and prayers. Love all of you.

  • Robin hensley Posted August 28, 2018 3:35 PM

    it was my honor to b with u that night! im a phone call away n u kno where i live.. plz let me kno if there is anything at all i cld do for you!!! i love u so much u mean the world to me! ur in my prayers always!

  • Shirley (Barnett) James Posted August 28, 2018 4:44 PM

    I am so sorry Aunt Dovie to hear about Uncle Richard. I am thankful that we were able to see you all at the family reunion this past June. I love you all and will keep you in my prayers.

  • Charlene Hayes Posted August 28, 2018 6:00 PM

    David I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing. My prayers are with you today and always.

  • Donna Nelson Posted August 28, 2018 9:59 PM

    Aunt Dovie,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was such a special man, and we loved him so much.
    Donna and Dennis

  • Bobby Franklin Posted August 28, 2018 11:15 PM

    Great memories of Richard, many tomesxspent at your house and times spent at the fire station. my prayers are for comfort and love st this time.

  • Denise Best Glenn Posted August 29, 2018 5:17 PM

    Dear Dovie, David & Mary,
    I am so very sorry & saddened to hear of Richard,s passing. I have such fond memories of him & your family growing up on Fairfield Drive. I hold them & all of you in my heart. I was hoping to see him very soon & am heartbroken I’m to late. God bless all of you & give you His comfort & peace. I love you all!

  • Alice Kennedy Posted August 29, 2018 7:27 PM

    I am so sorry for the loss of this good man. Aunt Dovie you and the family are in my prayers. Love to you all.

  • Dot Lipscomb Posted August 30, 2018 2:39 PM

    I am so sorry Aunt Dovie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children and grandchildren. Uncle Dick was a kind man. I will always remember his joking manner. May God give you all peace and comfort.

  • Beverly Barnett Echols Posted September 4, 2018 12:54 AM

    I am so sorry and saddened Aunt Dovie to hear about Uncle Dick. He was kind, loving, and always made us laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May it bring you some peace knowing he’s with our Heavenly Father and no longer in pain. Praying for God to bring you all strength and comfort in the days ahead. I know we’ll all see him again one day and what a glorious day that will be. Love you all!!
    Beverly & Ron

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