Marshall "Buzz" Ragsdale, sales executive

He had worked for National Cash Register

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March 18, 2013|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Marshall Norval "Buzz" Ragsdale, a retired National Cash Register sales executive, died of complications from multiple myeloma Saturday at his Timonium home. He was 91.

Born in East Orange, N.J., he was a 1939 graduate of East Orange High School and attended Bucknell University, where he played freshman basketball.

In July 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Va. He then served with Marine Fighting Squadron 314 on Midway, Ie Shima and Okinawa. He left the Marine Corps Reserves as a captain in 1958.

He joined the National Cash Register Co. in Newark, N.J., in 1946 and held posts in Philadelphia, Kentucky, Chicago and Providence, R.I., before being named Baltimore branch manager in 1969.

After his retirement in the early 1980s, he worked with his son, Thomas Ragsdale of Timonium, to found Town Marketing, a direct-mail marketing firm. Mr. Ragsdale retired a second time in 2008.

A member of the Towson Rotary Club of Towson, he also belonged to the Towson United Methodist Church, where he had been an usher.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road in Timonium.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Divine; another son, Bruce Ragsdale of Washington; a daughter, Lynn Salvo of Berwyn, Pa.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

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