Milford Ralph Ratzlaff
Milford Ralph Ratzlaff, 68, died Oct. 9, 2019, at Clear Creek Nursing Home, Westminister, Colo., after a long battle against follicular lymphoma which he incurred from exposure from Agent Orange while serving in the Vietnam War in 1970.
H e was born to Elsie and Herman Ratzlaff on March 18, 1951, in Scott City.
He studied architectural engineering at Boulder, Colo., after moving there from Scott City.
He was a talented general contractor, managed several bars and restaurants and eventually became a lay preacher.
He preformed wedding ceremonies for his two sons, Zach and Shawn Ratzlaff, and also to remarry his wife, Kathern Ratzlaff.
His Ministry, “Bride of Yeshuah” led him to many homeless people on the streets and under bridges that were hungry for food and prayer.
He worked with COMPA Food Ministries and delivered food to 125 churches in Colorado and New Mexico. He preached as he traveled and spoke on several “TBN” TV broadcasts, “Cowboys for Christ” and did work for Hal Lindsey.
His unyielding faith in God and thru his endeavors carried him through the hard times.
He fished each time like it was the first time, with child like hope, joy and freedom. He also loved to sing, tell stories and cook special meals.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Kathern (Puyear) Ratzlaff, Denver Colo.; two sons, Zach Ratzlaff and wife, Lee Ann, Albuquerque, N.M., and Shawn Ratzlaff and wife, Sara, Denver; six brothers, Virgil and Galen, Scott City, Garry of Hesston,, Del of Grove, Okla., Lenny of Tulsa, Okla., and Mike of London, Ark.; two sisters, Virginia Koehn and husband, Errol, Montezuma, and Glenda Ryan, Newton; a brother-in-law, Manford Koehn, Ft. Dodge; seven grandchildren, Eliska, Brodie, Emma, Zephran, Lexianna, Malichai and Canute; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister, a sister-in-law and two nephews.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Mon., Oct. 21, 2:00 p.m., at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver.