Ronald W. Ratzlaff, 81, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2017, at Brookdale Memory Care in Venice, Fla. Ron was born on January 22, 1936, in Paterson, N.J., to Reinhold and Henrietta Ratzlaff. He moved with his parents to Winchester, Va., graduating from James Wood High School in 1954. Ron attended Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and competed on the swim team. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Texas and Saudi Arabia.
Ron spent his professional career with the Washington Gas Light Company as a supervisor of purchasing. While at the Gas Company, he met and married Eleanor Perrie in 1963. The two, along with daughter Leslie and son Brian, made their home in Falls Church, Va., until Ron retired in 1990. Ron and Ellie settled in Englewood, Fla., that same year, dividing their time between Florida and their home in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, where Ron had spent many happy summers in his youth.
Ron is survived by Ellie, his wife of 54 years, son Brian (Janet), daughter Leslie Ramsey, granddaughter Julia Ramsey and older sister, Marie Scherb of Wyckoff, N.J.
He will be remembered for his strength, his compassion, his determination, his faith and, above all, his boundless love for his family and friends.
A service of remembrance will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1379 McCall Rd. in Englewood Tuesday March 21 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Tidewell Hospice, 1144 Veronica St., Port Charlotte, Fla., 33952.
Death is no more than passing from one room into another. --Helen Keller
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