Lloyd Eugene ‘Bob’ Ratcliff


Lloyd Eugene “Bob” Ratcliff, 88, of Cortland, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Seymour.

Born Aug. 19, 1926, in Jackson County, he was the son of Frank and Bessie Callahan Ratcliff, both of whom preceded him in death. On Jan. 6, 1945, he married Edna Mae Reichenbacher who preceded him in death.

Bob was a member of Cortland Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and then went to work as a certified tech mechanic at several Chevrolet dealerships, starting at Brown’s, Jack Dunfee, Don Morris and Bob Poynter Chevrolet where he retired after 39 years. He was a lifelong hunter and member of the American Legion, National Rifle Association, North American Hunting Club and Brown County Tractor Association.

Bob had a love for racing as he owned several dirt-track cars, which were raced at local tracks. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR.

He is survived by his children, Penny S. (Don) Gilham, Linda L. (Bob) Claycamp, Reva K. Lucas and a foster son, Tim Engelau; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Gross, Eric (Mendy) Burton, Melissa (Steve) Christian, Dana Claycamp, Jonathan Claycamp, Nathan (Carla) McKinney and Angie (Scott) Lowe; 15 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy (Ced) Fowler.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffrey Wetzel; a brother, Audy Ratcliff; two sisters, Orpha Scott and Kathleen Allman; and a son-in-law, Ron Lucas.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Voss Chapel with the Rev. Bill Weaver and the Rev. Clifford Burton officiating.

Burial will be at Acme Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans 7, all of Seymour.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial checks may be written to Cortland Christian Church or the American Cancer Society.