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Gratis, OH
Tuesday January 3rd, 2017
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Wednesday January 4th, 2017

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John Ratliff

John Thomas Ratliff, 65, of West Alexandria, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Jan 1, 2017. Visitation will be held at Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral home in Gratis, Ohio, on Tue, Jan 3 from 5pm to 7pm.  Funeral services will be held at the Gratis United Methodist Church on Wed, Jan 4 at 10:30am. Burial will follow at Twin Valley Cemetery, Enterprise Rd. West Alexandria.  John was born February 4, 1951 in Middletown, Ohio, to parents James Everett Ratliff and Marlys Hauge Ratliff.  He is survived by his mother Marlys Ratliff, brother Daniel E. Ratliff (Connie) of Farmersville, Ohio; sister Mary Ratliff Graham (David) of Jupiter, Florida; sister-in-law Carolyn Haas Ratliff and his many nieces, nephews, friends and associates who came to know John over his life.  He is preceded in death by his father James E. Ratliff and brother James Edward Ratliff.  John graduated from Twin Valley South High School in 1969 and from Miami University in 1973.  At Miami, he participated in football, track and played 3 years of rugby.  After graduation, he started his sales career at Xerox, followed by 35 years at Federal Express as a Senior Account Manager.  Over his career John lived in San Francisco, Chicago, and Dayton.  John enjoyed his hobbies - golf, discussing politics and US history, horses, genealogy, old trucks, and volunteer coaching of TVS track / football.  John was an avid people person - he loved spending time at family and friends gatherings where his wonderful sense of humor, kind heart and positive spirit was always on display.  For 23 years, he was an active member of the Oxford Bible Fellowship Church.  John's love of travel and successful career allowed for trips to Norway, Brazil, Australia, Fiji, England, and all of the US.  During the last year of his life, he made significant contributions to the advancement of U.S.-France relations through his friendship with a French government official.  John will forever be remembered and missed by all who him. Donations Can be made in honor of John to the Preble County Humane Society.

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I was saddened by John's passing.  I wanted to attend the service but found out to late to make schedule adjustments.  I have many fond childhood memories of time spent at your house.  Please express my sympathies to your mom.  

Amy Ulrich Leedy Jan 4 2017 12:00 AM

Ken Krisko asked me to express his condolences and to let you know that you are in his thoughts.  He was unable to attend any of the services but did want to express his sincere sympathy.

Ken Krisko Jan 4 2017 12:00 AM

My condolences to the family. John and I were roommates at Miami one year and played Rugby together. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and his ability to quickly make friends.

Tom Barney Jan 4 2017 12:00 AM

I am sad to hear of John's passing. He was a positive role model for many of us back in high school. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family members as they enter this next phase of their lives.

Jeff Studebaker Jan 3 2017 12:00 AM

We are sorry for your loss, and the void our community will have now. John was such a positive influence on our son and many others at TVS. We are honored to have met him and had him in our lives!

Paul and Lisa Steffey Jan 3 2017 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, Coach Ratliff was an amazing Track coach and role model to our son, Michael Green.  Michael is currently at Marine Corp. Boot Camp and will be so saddened to hear of the loss once he is finished.

Lisa Green Jan 3 2017 12:00 AM

I was blessed to have known John in high school. He was a few years ahead of me. He was always a gentleman and very respectful to all. I have seen him several times over the years. Time didn't change him. He has always been kind and genuine. Our community and his friends will miss him.

Debbi Madewell Hornbrook Jan 3 2017 12:00 AM

God Bless You John and your entire Family.  We were blessed to have you as our neighbor out on Kayler Road for years!  Our first kitten was one of yours!!

Steve and Sandy Favorite Jan 3 2017 12:00 AM

Our Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.  I have very good memories of the times we spent together.

Jim and Jenny (Jordan) Rabold Jan 2 2017 12:00 AM