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Johnny "John" Ratliff

April 8, 1956 — April 17, 2023


Johnny Dale Ratliff departed his loving family on Monday, April 17, 2023, aged 67.

He was born on April 8, 1956, at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, to Johnny Norman Ratliff and Nancy Jo Cody. John was an Air Force brat who traveled the world with his family living in several states and foreign countries including England, Japan, Holland, and Germany.  He ran track & cross country in high school and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of North Texas. John served his country while enlisted in the Army.  He spent many years in sales with several at Dillard’s, where he met his wife, Rosa, in 1997.  They married on April 17, 1999. John loved doting on his grandchildren, especially providing them with tons of sweet treats. He enjoyed playing dominoes with family and sharing his vast knowledge of military history, literature, investing money, fun & obscure facts & jokes and many more topics.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Johnny & Nancy Ratliff.

He is survived by his wife, Rosa Ratliff; their daughters, Fritzi Slaughter & husband, Justin, Wendy Nance & husband, Scott; his grandchildren, Justin Jr., Isabelle & Emma Slaughter and Jago & Lola Nance; his sister, Kathy Beatty & husband, Bill; niece, Tristin Vertz, husband, David & their children, Zachary & Jackson; nephew, Cody Beatty, wife, Heather, & their children, Lillian & Jett, as well as several cousins.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, April 23, 2023

1:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Sunset Memorial Funeral Home

, Odessa, TX 79762

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Graveside Service

Monday, April 24, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

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