Harold Dwight Ratzlaff


Harold Dwight Ratzlaff died Aug. 15.
He was born May 25, 1926, to Irvin Lee and Marie (Froese) Ratzlaff in Hillsboro, Kan. The family moved to Inola, Okla., before moving to Lamar, where he attended school and graduated in 1944.
Ratzlaff enlisted in the Navy in April 1944 and served until his honorable discharge in May 1946. After returning to Lamar, Harold met and married Erma Evon Grauberger in July 1948.
Alan Jay Ratzlaff and Lu Ann Ratzlaff Craig were born in 1952 and 1953, respectively. The family then moved to Grand Junction until the couple divorced in 1968.
In 1970, Ratzlaff met and married Nancy Charvat, who preceded him in death in May 2007. Harold and Nancy relocated to Craig in 1980 and remained there until their deaths, leaving behind many great friends and memories, along with their loving cats, Benji and Lucy.
Harold is survived by his son, Alan Ratzlaff, of Delta; daughter, Lu Ann Ratzlaff Craig, of Carbondale; sisters, Joyce Best, of Thornton, Ruth Lane, of Grants, N.M., and Elonete Froese, of Milpitas, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the American Humane Society in care of Grant Mortuary.
Services were Aug. 20, at Grant Mortuary. Pastor Traber Cass officiated. Wanda Brown sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," and was accompanied by organist Anne Carr.
Military honors were by VFW Post No. 4265. Services concluded at the mortuary. Friends may sign the guest book at www.grantmortuary.com.