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LaVerne "Jack" Edward Ratzlaff

(07/06/1941 - 01/01/2005)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 01/19/2005

LaVerne Edward "Jack" Ratzlaff

LaVerne Edward "Jack" Ratzlaff, 63, died Jan. 1, 2005 at Via Christi Regional Hospital, St. Francis Campus, Wichita, KS.

He was born July 6, 1941, at Hutchinson, KS, the son of Edward and Sarah K. Androes Ratzlaff.

A lifetime resident of the Inman and Buhler areas, he graduated from Inman (KS) High School in 1959. He worked for Buhler Mills and for the last 31 years he worked for Dillons Warehouse, Hutchinson. In addition, he was a sight supervisor for Hutchinson recreation for the past 23 years.

He belonged to Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church, Hutchinson Teamsters Local 795, and was a charter member of Buhler Kiwanis. He served for 23 years on the Buhler City Council and was currently city treasurer. He also served with Buhler Recreation Department and Buhler Police and Fire Departments. He was an avid collector and sports enthusiast. He served in the Army National Guard.

On June 10, 1989 he married Sandra K. Fisher at Hutchinson. She survives.

Other survivors include: two daughters, Michelle Estes and husband Michael, Lusk, Wyoming and Susie Gehring and husband Dan, Buhler; a half-brother, Alvin Froese, Hutchinson; two sisters, Ardena Freeman, Stigler, OK and Delores Lemons, Little River, KS; three grandchildren, Caitlin and Jake Gehring and Grace Anne Estes. He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005 at Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church with Pastors Nick Rempel, Brent Warkentin, and Bob Dalke presiding. Burial was at Buhler Municipal Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Buhler Recreation Department in care of Buhler Mortuary.

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