Obituary of H.A. Ratzlaff
Henry Abram “H.A.” Ratzlaff passed away on January 20, 2017 at the age of 80 in his home. H.A. was born on September 25, 1936 in Ford County, Kansas at his family home to Esther (Isaac) and Elias Ratzlaff. H.A. was the second of five children. He grew up on the homestead farm until a tornado took the home in April of 1947. After the tornado the family moved to Minneola, KS where H.A. grew up and graduated from high school in 1955. H.A. was an athletic man who enjoyed playing football, track, and basketball. He attended college on a football scholarship in Ottawa, KS for one year and then attended the Community College of Dodge City, KS. H.A. met Kathleen (Copeland) in their senior year of high school on a blind date and they quickly fell in love and were married on August 29th, 1955 at the Community Church in Minneola, KS. They moved to Dodge City, KS were they settled down and started their family. They had three children which he adored, David (1957), Doug (1959), and Teresa (1967). Also during this time his love for cars became a passion for racing. He especially loved racing his super modified cars and held the track record for 20+ years. H.A.’s ability of working with his hands led him into the construction industry where he strapped on his tool belt, his trademark bandana and started his own general contracting business in Dodge City, KS. A new opportunity presented itself in 1977 for H.A. and Kathy to purchase Vermillion’s Building Center in Limon, CO. In addition to the lumberyard H.A. assembled his crew and began mentoring and building his own construction company in Limon. H.A.'s passions included a love of sports, racing, hunting and fishing. He was also active in his community church and youth groups. H.A. is described by many as a man who loved the Lord, had a passion for his trade, and a zest for life. He loved his family and absolutely adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His charismatic personality, tool belt, bandana, encouraging words, and kind heart will be greatly missed by many. H.A. is preceded in death by his parents Eli and Esther Ratzlaff, brother-in-law Tom Randle and niece Vickie Harris. He is survived by wife Kathy of Limon, CO, son David Ratzlaff of Pierce City, MO, son Doug (JoAnn) of Limon, CO, daughter Teresa (Richard) Becker of Hugo, CO, sister Arlene Randle of Dodge City, KS, sister Vivian Luce of Great Bend, KS, brother Don (Harriet) Ratzlaff of Olathe, KS, sister Katherine (Jerry) McCalla of Emporia, KS, grandchildren Jennifer (Zane) Nestor of Limon, CO, Jason Ratzlaff of Wichita, KS, Melinda (Travis) Holforty of Windsor, CO, Mandy Ratzlaff of Wichita, KS, Justin Ratzlaff of Hugo, CO and great grandchildren of Emilee and Landon Nestor of Limon, CO, Emma and Logan Holforty of Windsor, CO, Jude Ratzlaff of Wichita, KS as well as many other nieces, nephews, family and friends that he loved dearly.To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of H.A. Ratzlaff, please visit our Tree Store
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