Obituary: John ‘Jack’ Ratzlaff

Harvey County Now

HALSTEAD—John K. “Jack” Ratzlaff, 86, died Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation.

He was born Nov. 23, 1935 at Newton, Kansas to Arthur George and Lydia (Gunther) Ratzlaff.

He graduated from Newton High School in 1954 and attended El Dorado Junior College where he played football for two years.

During his working life he was plant manager for Skyline Homes in Arkansas City, Halstead, and was general manager at the Brighton Colorado plant. The family returned to Halstead and Jack retired as general manager of the Idaho Timber plant, Halstead.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Halstead, and served on the Wedgewood Golf Course Golf Board, and as treasurer of Lakin Township for many years. He followed fervently the Halstead Dragons and attended all of the grandsons’ activities and games. He also was a Shocker and Jayhawk fan.

He bred and raced quarter horses and was a member of the American and Kansas Quarter Horse Associations, loved to hunt and fish and upon his retirement opened a Western Art Gallery and Framing Shop on Main Street. He was also a skilled furniture maker and wood worker.

On Dec. 29, 1955 he married Ann L. Hague at First Baptist Church Newton, Kansas; she survives of the home.

He is also survived by his son: Steve (Missy) Ratzlaff, Halstead; daughter: Kimberlee Ratzlaff, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place.

Inurnment and committal services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2022 at Halstead Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 2 First United Methodist Church, Halstead.

Memorials may be given to Dragonbackers or First United Methodist Church in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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