Doris Ragsdale Kochanek

03/30/1926 –


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  • Funeral Service
Date: 04/20/2020
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm


Doris Ragsdale Kochanek, loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully Wednesday, April 15, 2020 during her 94th year.

The family will celebrate her life at 2 pm Monday, April 20, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. In support of the City of Lubbock stay at home order, no other guests will be allowed to attend. A live stream of the service is available and available for thirty days at You are encouraged to sign a virtual guestbook by selecting the icon, and below the obituary is a place to share memories and expressions of sympathy.  A memorial celebration in her honor will be held at a later date.

A native of Lamesa, Doris was born March 30, 1926, the daughter of William Gus and Willie Mai Ragsdale. She graduated Lamesa High School in 1943, then attended Texas Technological College, graduating with a BA in Education in 1946. While at Tech, she played in the marching and jazz bands and was the first national president of Tau Beta Sigma band sorority.

Education was her lifelong passion. She taught music in Roswell, New Mexico before going to Germany to teach for the Department of Defense. It was there that she met Major Zygmunt “Zyg” Karzimierz Kochanek and they married in Lamesa on August 11, 1953. Zyg was career Army Air Corp/U.S Air Force and his deployments took them to many postings. Their only child, Kim, was born while Zyg was stationed overseas. Following Zyg’s death in 1966, Doris earned a library certification at Baylor University and an MA in Early Childhood Education at Texas Women’s University. The family moved to Lubbock in 1971 where she served as a consultant at the Region 17 Education Service Center in Lubbock for 15 years.  She also served as principal at VZ Rogers Elementary school in Lamesa ISD before completing her career at Levelland ISD.

Doris was never idle. She traveled extensively throughout her life and upon retirement, became an avid bridge player, involved in several groups centered around the Lubbock Women’s Club. She cherished her friendships made at work, through bridge, Raider Ranch, and Lubbock’s First Christian Church and the Upper Room Sunday school class.

In addition to her daughter and her husband, Kim Kochanek Klotzman and Jeff of Lubbock, Doris is survived by her grandsons, Zachary Nathan Klotzman and his wife Jennifer of New Orleans, and Ian Wesley Klotzman and his wife Tamara of Lubbock, and several nieces and cousins.



Doris asked in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Lubbock Meals on Wheels at or the Shriners Hospitals for Children at

Celebration of Life


16 thoughts on “Doris Ragsdale Kochanek”

  1. Felies Hernandez

    My condolences to Kim and family. I met Doris at Raider Ranch and quickly made friends with her. Doris I’m going to miss you dearly but never forget you . You always made me feel special as a person,and as a friend Rest in Peace. Your friend Felies

  2. Kim & Jeff,
    I will joyfully donate to Meals on Wheels to remind me of happy Doris. She was always such a joy to talk to. Kim, know that you will be in my prayers. This is a difficult time. I wish I could give you a hug.

  3. My sincere condolences Kim and family. Your mom left a great music legacy to you and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Jeff & KIM
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know you loved your mother Kim & will miss her.

  5. Doris visited our church several times to watch and listen as her grandson led our choir. I had the pleasure of talking to her. Kim and Jeff, we enjoyed the times that you came to our church too. Our prayers are lifted up for you during this difficult time. Ian, you will forever be in our hearts.

  6. Dave and Debbie Ernst

    Kim, we send you and your family our condolences during this difficult time. We pray the Lord will surround all of you with his outstretched arms and hold you tightly. Your Mom was a wonderful person and we know you will all miss her deeply. May you have peace in your hearts, knowing that she is with our Holy Father. We love all of you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    All our Love,
    Dave and Debbie Ernst

  7. Dearest Klotzman’s,

    Sending you our love and support today. Doris was such an amazing woman and wonderful person and she loved all of you so much. She will be missed by so many because she had so many friends and interests. What a life well lived! You are all in our hearts and prayers today.

    With Love,
    Jay and Terry

  8. Dear Klotzman Family,

    Sending you my thoughts and prayers for your family. Kim, your mom was a wonderful person and lived life to it’s fullest. I know you will miss her but I know you will take comfort that she is in the Lord’s loving arms.

    Love to All,

  9. La Nelle Ethridge

    Kim and Jeff, I met Doris through a friend. Her laughter, sense of humor were always so joyful. She will be missed by many.

  10. We will miss seeing her in the office. Such a sweet and intelligent woman. Peace and comfort for the family . You are in our prayers
    Cathy Foley and her Dr.

  11. Kim, Jeff, and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. She will live in your heart forever and the memories will also be with you forever.
    Prayers for the family.
    Rosemary & Freddie Hicks

  12. Doris, the thousands of members of Tau Beta Sigma are thankful for your vision and service to our Sisterhood. We hold you in a place of honor and appreciate you.

  13. Doris, thank you for going above and beyond during your college years in dedicating your time and energies to help form Tau Beta Sigma Band Sorority. On behalf of the thousands of alumni members around the world, we honor you and wish you peace.
    –Chris Foster, Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association

  14. I wish to express my condolences on behalf of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority. Doris was an instrumental figure in the history of our Sorority. She was our first National President so her legacy has been integral throughout our organization. We could not be the organization we are today without her. She touched many lives and we are extremely grateful we had an opportunity to learn and grow from her. Since our founding, we have grown to having groups on over 130 campuses across the nation supporting music, leadership, and friendship. Thank you all for sharing her with us. We wish each of you who shared time and life with Doris our thoughts and condolences during this time. She will be missed.

    -Kathy Godwin, Tau Beta Sigma Board of Trustees

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