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Ronald E. Ratliff, Sr.
Ronald E. Ratliff, Sr.Kentucky WildcatsRonald E. Ratliff, Sr., age 78 of Marysville, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Milcrest Nursing Center, Marysville.  He was born September 17, 1935 in Pikeville, Kentucky to the late Emzie “Doc” and Evelyn (Christian) Ratliff.

Ron moved to Marion soon after he graduated from Pikeville High School and met Shirley Faye Dowell, whom he married in 1957 and she survives in Lakeview.  Together they had five sons, Ron (Jennifer) Ratliff, Marion; Dennis (Linda) Ratliff, Prospect; George Ratfliff, Lakeview; Robert Ratliff (deceased); and Rick (Diane) Ratliff, Cardington.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Kara (Brad) Lust, Ryan J. Ratliff, Rachel Ratliff, Kyle (Kendra) Ratliff, Kevin (Kelsie) Ratliff, Cody Ratliff, Kristen Ratliff, Ally (Ryan Wall) Ratliff, great-grandchildren, Nash Lust, Gavin Ratliff and William Wall, a brother, Donnie Justice; two sisters, Faye Hunt and Carolyn Ratliff, and an uncle, Ed Christian.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Justice and a sister, Kay Ratliff.

Ron lived in Marysville for many years and worked at Eljer Plumbing until they closed and then worked in Hilliard at NIFCO until he retired.  He was an avid Kentucky Wildcats, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Browns fan.  Ron also loved horse races and playing cards.  His love of sports was passed down to his sons and grandchildren.  Ron had a knack for numbers and never forgot anyone’s birth date.  He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Friends may call on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 4 to 6 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.  There will be no public services.  Private family burial will take place at a later date in the Shoup (Thompson Twp.) Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Loving Care Hospice, P. O. Box 613, Marysville, OH  43040 or Milcrest Nursing Center Activities Fund, 730 Milcrest Drive, Marysville, OH  43040.

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#1 from: Kara Lust
Prospect, OH
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Big Grandpa Rat (as Nash calls you), we are going to miss you, although we know you are in a much better place. You always called me "your angel", now I hope you will be mine. Love Sis

#2 from: Sherry and Bill Bostelman
Marion, Ohio
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Ron, Jenn and Rachel,
We are deeply sorry for your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.
Bill and Sherry Bostelman

#3 from: Debra Webb-Shelton
of Marion
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 7:54 AM

I remember babysitting you boys a couple times when we were younger. Your parents went out but never seemed to be gone very long and I figured because there were so many of you they thought you would get the best of me...i remember your dad was so tall and very quiet but when he talked you certainly would listen..I always thought he must have been a rock for the family and that is a good thing to me as I had one of those Dads also...hoping good memories of times together gives you peace....

#4 from: Tammy Marks
1215 Lake Blvd #9, Marion, Ohio
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 3:15 PM

To the Ratliff's
So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I can tell he was a big part of everyone's life. The sweet thing about someone's passing is that even though they are not physically present any more, their spirit and all that they were to us gets more precious every day. He is always with you.
Love and Prayers
Tammy Marks

#5 from: Cathy Williams
Marion, Ohio
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I am sorry that I could not make it to the calling hours. Your dad and I talked a lot about Marion when I delivered the mail.  He was very proud of his family. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

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