Notes for Jack Ratliff: Lisa - Read your site on the Ratliffs. Enjoyed your site, particularly the info on the Elkhorn City Ratliffs. I have been a lifetime resident of Elkhorn City and know/ knew several of the Ratliff brothers, including Rodney Roosevelt, "Coolie" and of course Jean. Rodney and I graduated from high in the same class, 1952.
I only knew Jack vaguely. I knew he was in Idaho and can remember him coming for visits in the 1950s. I can remember "Coolie" and your gg grandmother Mellie talking of him when "Coolie" ran the drive-in restaurant on Elkhorn Creek at the old fish ponds................I was not well acquainted with many of them, but knew about them. I was more acquainted with Rodney, "Coolie", Bobby and Phyllis Jean. Thanks to my first friend in Pike Co. for the info.
Obituary reads as followed.......... Jack Ratliff 73, of Nampa, died Saturday August 17, 1996, at A Boise hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 P.M. on Tuesday, August 20, 1996, at Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa. Concluding Services will be private. Jack Ratliff was born on Sept. 6, 1922, in Elkhorn City, Kentucky, the son of George and Mellie Ratliff. He was reared and educated in Kentucky. He married Minnie Geneva Kirkham on June 26, 1944, in San Diego, CA. Jack served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Following his Honorable discharge he and his wife returned to Kentucky where they resided until 1950 when they moved to Idaho. Jack was employed as an auto mechanic until he retired. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and family camping trips. Jack survived his wife Minnie, Nampa; 2 sons, Danny Ratliff, Baker City, OR, and George Ratliff, Boise; 2 daughters and sons-in-laws, Evon and Ron Martineau and Linda Wolfe and Kieth Wade all of Nampa; 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; 7 brothers and 2 sisters. He proceeded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 1 son-in-law. Family and friends may call at Alsip Funeral Chapel today from 5 to 9 P.M. and on Tuesday from 9 to 1 P.M. The family suggest memorials to the VA Medical Center, Voluntary Services(135), 500 W. Fort St, Boise, ID 83702, or flowers may be sent.
My grandpa Jack Ratliff was born and raised in Pike CO. Kentucky and had 14 brothers and sisters. He was a World War II veteran. He was in the Marine Corps, stationed in Cal. where he met and married my grandma Minnie Geneva Kirkham. They married in Hawthorn, California on June 26, 1943.
After the war they moved to Nampa, ID. and had 4 children. They were married 53 years until his death in 1996.
He was a mechanic for many years. After his retirement he spent his time fishing, boating, hunting, and camping. He loved spending time with his grandchildren teaching us how to fish. After we caught the fish, which seemed like any time we went fishing, we would have a big fish fry. He'd filet the fish, dip in his secret batter and would deep fat fry them. He made the best fish and no one ever missed one of his fish fries.
Grandpa loved garage selling, and never went without bringing something home for his wife or grandchildren. I still at 30 years old have a talking teddy bear he gave me and a picture of the biggest stuffed animal that you ever seen, that he gave my little sister.
Grandpa loved working in his yard and always had a huge garden, flowers and many fruit trees. As kids we used to get paid to pick the cherries so he could sell them. He would bring watermelons home and on cool summer nights we would sit on the patio eating them, careful not to swallow the seeds as he always told us if we did we would grow watermelons in our tummies.
I have many memories of my grandpa that I will continue to treasure. I hope if you are reading this, that you always cherish your grandparents and spend as much time with them as possible, as time has a way of passing before you know it.
More About Jack Ratliff: Burial: August 20, 1996, Canyon CO, Nampa, ID Creamated.
More About Jack Ratliff and Minnie Geneva Kirkham: Marriage: June 26, 1943, Hawthorn, Cal.
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