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New Carlisle, IN
Francis Edward Ratcliff, 85, passed away, peacefully, at 5:50pm on Friday, February 18, 2011 in Millers Merry Manor, New Carlisle, IN, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Francis was born on November 19, 1925 in Muncie, IN to the late Vance and Reba Ratcliff. Francis was married to the late Betty Lou (Futrell).
Francis grew up in Farmland and graduated from Stoney Creek High School. After high school he entered the U.S. Army where he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat and returned to fight until his Honorable Discharge after suffering frost bite during combat in Germany. He returned to Indiana and married his high school sweetheart, Betty Lou Futrell in 1947. He attended and graduated from Ball State Teachers College in 1949. They lived their entire married life in Muncie and were married for 53 years before her death. He spent the majority of his working life involved in the dairy industry and managed the Millers Milkhouses. He was actively involved in the local Parkinson's Support Group, Gethsemane Methodist Church and was an avid, life long, supporter of Muncie Central Basketball having had season tickets long before his daughters attended and continuing them long after their graduations.
Surviving to cherish his memory are his daughters, Sandra (Adrian) Stackhouse of South Bend, IN, and Cheryl (Ken) Crumpler of Zebulon, NC; grandchildren, Ryan (Audrey) Brown, of Hoboken, NJ, A.D. (Tessandra) Stackhouse of San Diego, CA, Shannon (Gregg) North of South Bend, IN, Andrew (Hunter) Crumpler of Zebulon, NC, and Adam Crumpler of Zebulon, NC; and great-grandchildren, Caleb and Marlee North of South Bend, IN.
Francis was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kelly Brown.
A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Garden View Funeral Home, 10501 N. State Rd 3, Muncie, IN. Visitation will occur from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Fr. Mathew Cowden of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, South Bend, will preside.
In lieu of flower the family is asking that contributions be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.
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