Richard L. Ratliff

December 12, 1944 ~ October 10, 2019 (age 74)

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Rich passed away October 10, 2019 at his ranch in Wetmore, Colorado. Rich never gave up hope and struggled fiercely against cancer for over a year. His wife Beverly and faithful dog Callie remained at his side throughout the ordeal.

Rich was born in Osceola, Iowa, December 12, 1944 to Lois Black. He was raised partially by a grandmother, whom he took care of and loved. It was here that he started his lifelong experience with farm life. He enjoyed sharing stories about farming with a team of horses and related chores.

Rich was trained as a heavy equipment operator in his early twenties. He pursued this trade for most of his life, along with ranching.

Rich moved to Colorado in 1971. He was employed by Tim Cox Construction, building roads in the Pinery (Parker, Colorado). It was during this time, that he met Beverly Hopper, and married her on November 16, 1973.

He is survived by his wife Beverly; stepdaughters, Sandy Ramsour, Susan (Scott) Hall, and stepson, Randy (Julia) Hopper; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service at Franktown Cemetery, Franktown, Colorado on October 17, 2019 at 11:00 am. A memorial will follow at the Sandy Ramsour residence: 2206 Sandhurst Dr. Castle Rock, Colorado.


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Graveside Service
October 17, 2019

11:00 AM
Franktown Cemetery, Colorado, Franktown

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