Windy City Times recently was notified that Ragnar "Rag" Hammerberg, a onetime Chicago resident, was killed last October in Key West, Florida, when his bike collided with a truck, as noted in The Miami Herald. He was 72.
He was born Dec. 13, 1945 in Escanaba, Michigan, to the late Samuel and Marie ( Holmstrom ) Hammerberg.
Jim Keck said of Ragnar, "Ray was a gay icon during the 1980s as the premier bartender at the Gentry Bar on Rush Street. Besides being very handsome and charming, he was quite the sun worshiper. He even had his own rock at Belmont Beach on which to sunbathe back in the day."
Ragnar worked in several hotels at a maitre d and waiter. He was survived by sister Elaine ( Ken ) Gustafson; brother Harlan ( Linda ) Hammerberg and sister-in-law Joanne Hammerberg. He was preceded in death by brother Robert Hammerberg.
The Miami Herald article is at amp.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article219801150.html . Online condolences may be expressed at AndersonDiehm.com .