Howard Franklin Ratcliff, 91, of Weatherford, passed away Friday morning, December 15, at the Willow Park Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 A.M., on Thursday, December 21, at the North Main Church of God in Weatherford. Burial will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, December 20, from 6 until 8, at the Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel, 913 N. Elm Street, in Weatherford.
Howard was born on March 24, 1926, in Gentry, Arkansas to Leonard and Anna Belle Ratcliff. In his younger years, he farmed an orchard with his father. Howard married Fern Marie Shamblin on October 29, 1947 and together had six children. Howard was an active leader in the Boy Scouts. His hobbies including fishing and woodworking. Howard owned his own business in Coffeyville, Kansas - "Howard's APCO Service Station." He proudly served in the US Army fighting for his country during WWII. He had a distinguished military career, which included a Bronze Star for his involvement in the South Pacific with heavy artillery. He was a member of the Rock of Chickamauga, 19 Division, 23rd Regiment; 1st Battalion. He gave his life to Christ in 1968 and went on to become an ordained minister in the Church of God, serving congregations in both Texas and New Mexico. He also participated in missions in Mexico through his church. Howard's moto was, "If you're committed, faithful, and obedient...you can win!" Most of all, Howard was devoted to doing work for his Lord and Savior, working diligently to expand the Kingdom of God through preaching and personal testimony, and preparing people for the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. He as well cherished time spent with his family.
Howard is survived by his children, Janice Elaine (Richard) Clough, H. Duane (Nadine) Ratcliff, Sandra, Joyce (James) Guerrero, Carl Lynn (Kennetha) Ratcliff, and Kurt Wynn (Leta) Ratcliff; and by 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and by 8 great-great-grandchildren.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Fern; his daughter, Melissa Dawn; as well as by his brothers, Bill Virgil, and Calvin; and sisters, Hazel, Gladys, and Shirley.
Published on December 18, 2017