Larry Kenneth Ratliff
3/17/1945 - 10/7/2017

 

Retired U.S.  Air Force Colonel Larry Kenneth Ratliff, 72 of Farmersville, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Farmersville. A graveside service is scheduled for D/FW National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:00 A.M with Pastor Darrin Ray officiating. A memorial service will follow at 12:30 P.M. in the chapel of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall with Mr. Wallace Murrell officiating. Visitation will be Monday, October 16, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Ratliff was born in Ogallala, Nebraska on March 17, 1945 to Bill Ratliff and Betty Taslor. He married Heidi Anne Schenck on July 1, 1967 in Englewood, Colorado.

 

Larry joined the United States Air Force in June 1963 and graduated the Air Force Academy on June 7, 1967 as a Second Lieutenant. He received a Masters of Science in Aeronautical Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, as well as attending Air Force Command and Staff Graduate School, Squadron Officers’ School and National Security Management.

 

Larry has a long and distinguished career of military service as an Air Operations Officer, Command Pilot- C130 Transport/Airlift, Planning and Programming Officer, Project Engineer and Flight Engineer. He was a veteran of Vietnam where he was based at Clark AFB Philippines and flew over 300 Combat Sorties and an unaccompanied tour- Jedah Air Base Saudi Arabia as a Detachment Commander and Advisor to Royal Saudi Air Force. In his career, as a C130 Pilot, he completed assignments at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas as an Instructor Pilot, Wright Patterson AFB, Fairborn, Ohio Aeronautical Division, C130 Command Pilot at Dyess AFB, Abilene, Texas and Commander of Architecture Directorate Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, Illinois, Headquarters Mac.

 

He earned numerous honors and awards, including, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service with 6 Service Star and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

 

Retiring from the Air Force in October 1988, he went to work for E-Systems/Raytheon/L-3 Communications as a Chief Engineer in Aerospace where he worked for 18 years on Air Force One, The HM-11 King of Saudi Arabia’s Personal Aircraft and many Classified Programs until his retirement in 2007.

 

He was an active member of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.  He was involved on many youth mission trips in Illinois and Texas.   He was also active with the Air Force Association and the Association Academy of Grads- Air Force.

 

Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Heidi Ratliff; daughter, Kristi McWhorter and husband, Rob; sons, Stephen Ratliff and wife, Heather, Brian Ratliff and wife, Brandi; grandchildren, Michael McWhorter, Elizabeth Ratliff, Andrew Ratliff, Abigail Ratliff, Evelyn Ratliff, McKenna Ratliff and Barrett Ratliff, brothers, Pat Sibal and wife, Cathleen and Terry Ratliff and wife, Deb.

 

He is preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Bill and Betty Ratliff, brother, Gary Ratliff and mother, Velma Rankin.

 

Pallbearers will be the United States Air Force.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent on behalf of Lt Col Larry Ratliff to: Northeast Texas Chapter 416, P.O. Box 8633, Greenville, Texas 75404-8633.  Donations will be used to support educational opportunities surrounding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities for students in the local area.  Larry was a tremendous member of Chapter 416 of the Air Force Association (AFA).  His work supported veterans, students, and much more during his time tending to the AFA flock.  These donations will allow him to continue to impact the local area.

 

If you have questions or desire more information on how funds will be used or how you can help continue Larry’s impact, netxafa.org or please contact Vance Clarke, Chapter President, at President@nextxafa.org or call him at 903/274-9981.




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