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
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.