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In Memory of Harry Ragsdale, Former President of Thermal Engineering Group, Inc., 1948-2017


Harry RagsdaleHarry Ragsdale was born in Indianapolis, In., on Oct. 26, 1948, and passed away suddenly on the morning of May 31, 2017, in Gallatin, Tenn. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry Gilbert Ragsdale and Leona Mildred Ragsdale.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patti Lynne (Kirk) Ragsdale, son Patrick Jeremy (Lorraine) Ragsdale, daughter Ashlie Amanda Ragsdale (Dustin) Wright, and five wonderful grandchildren, Isaac, Ava, Iris, Lila and June. He is also survived by his siblings, Gary Ragsdale and Darlene Swain.

Harry was the President of Thermal Engineering Group, Inc. and was an invaluable member of the DES team, where he served as the Metro District Energy system project administrator for the past 10 years.

His professional career included manager of facilities engineering at Dow Chemical and construction project manager for Fleming Electric in Indianapolis, In. In 1980, Harry took a job as the senior project manager of engineering with Catalyst Thermal. This is the job that brought him to Nashville, which is when he discovered his love for the District Energy business. In 1991, Harry and his business partner Dan Coyle decided to open Thermal Engineering Group, Inc. as an engineering firm that specializes in district energy systems. Over the past 37 years, Harry has been highly regarded and respected in the District Energy profession.

Outside of work, his interests included boating, golf, racquetball and hockey. He enjoyed these activities because they gave him the opportunity to share time with his family and friends. He shared his love of life and family with everyone he met and never wavered in his service to others. Harry was a good man and the effects of his passing will be felt by everyone who had the honor and pleasure of knowing and working with him.