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Gene Ratliff

Gene Ratliff

Dec 1, 1927 - Apr 6, 2009
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Memorial services for Gene Ratliff of Riverton will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Pastor Mike Smith of the Hillcrest Baptist Church will officiate.

Mr. Ratliff died at his home in Riverton on Monday, April 6, 2009. He was 81.

Eugene Alfred Ratliff was born on Dec. 1, 1927, in Gering, Neb., and son Alfred Finch Ratliff and Mildred Irene (Ash) Ratliff. He attended schools in Fort Washakie, Riverton, and Burris, quitting Riverton High School in his junior year to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He received his GED in 1945.

He had been a Riverton resident for 55 years, moving from Gering, Neb., at the age of one, living in Scottsbluff, Neb., from 1928 to 1932; Riverton, 1932-1945; with the U.S. Navy 1944-1947; Providence, R.I., 1947-1954, and returning to Riverton.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and of the Southern Baptist Christian faith.

On Dec, 13, 1947, he married Mel Albanese in Providence, R.I.

Mr. Ratliff worked as a roughneck in the oil fields and had also worked at Coast-to-Coast, Buggy Bath, BiRite Liquor, as a dynamite truck driver, and manager for a jewelry factory in Rhode Island.

He had served as president for the Brotherhood of Southern Baptist Men, as a member of the Riverton City Council 1987-1990, member of the I.O.O.F., and former member of the Masonic Lodge.

His family said that in his younger days, he enjoyed square dancing, hunting, fishing reading, and, more recently, spending time with his grandchildren.

Mr. Ratliff is survived by his wife, Mel Ratliff of Riverton; daughter, Lori Williams and her husband, J.D. "Doug" of Littleton, Colo.; grandchildren, Cristina, Caleb, and Logan; adopted granddaughters, Chelsie Betts Flinn and Jaime Betts; a brother, Rack Ratliff and his wife Rachel of Riverton; four nephews and five nieces; an adopted great grandson, Jaxon Flinn.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Ratliff in 1992; his mother, Mildred Ratliff in 1996; a brother, Bill Althoff; a nephew, Eddie Haggerty, and sister, Gwen Jacoby.

Memorials may be made to the Shrine Children's Hospital Travel Fund or Little Wind Hospice, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main, Riverton WY 82501.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.