Ronald Dean Ratliff Sr.

April 03, 1951 ‒ October 13, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Ronald Dean Ratliff, Sr., a.k.a. “FREEBIRD” or his CB trucking names, “MT POCKETS” or “FLAT BROKE,” passed away Tuesday morning, October 13, 2020, at the Morrow County Hospital.

On April 3, 1951, Ron was born in Columbus, Ohio, a son of the late Corbett Eugene and Margaret Luella (Mitchell) Ratliff.  He attended Central High School and then served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

Ron spent his entire career as an over-the-road truck driver, working many years for Holland.  He would regularly pull doubles and triples.

A majority of Ron’s time was spent on the road driving trucks, but when he was home and had free time he loved to be out on his Harley – Davidson.  He was a rider his whole life.  He enjoyed old time rock and roll and watching Westerns.  In his retirement years he liked going to the grandchildren’s sporting and other events they were involved in.

Ron was an extremely independent and ornery man.  He had a never-ending line of jokes and stories and was very sharp-witted.

Ron is survived by his six children: Lorraine Dagon, Ronald Ratliff Jr., Jason Ratliff, Vickie Hughett, Justin Howell, Travis Ratliff; grandchildren: Collin Ratliff, Samantha Ratliff, Jessica Ratliff, Jordan Hughett, Drew Hughett, Ciera Rawlings, Cora Kinney, Robert Kinney, Travis Ratliff Jr., Jenna Ratliff, Isabella Ratliff; great grandchildren: Jax Ratliff, Jacen Rawlings, Jaymi Rawlings, Kaiden Jones Aleeh, Kalynn Jones Aleeh, Chance Thomas; two siblings: Jack Ratliff and Chris McCoy; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren: Jason Ratliff Jr. and Janie Ratliff; and two sisters: Margaret Ann Cox and Pamela Nixon.

Ron’s family will greet friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Military honors performed by the Active Duty U.S. Marine Corps, VFW Post 8054 and AMVETS Post 87 will conclude the visitation at 5:00 p.m.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Ron’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • You will be greatly missed Ronnie. But I will always hold on to the memories of all the great times we had.
    Thank you for being so good to me through out the years. I’ll hold you in my heart forever.❤
    My sympathies to Little Ron, Jason and their families.

  • Our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Uncle Ron will be greatly missed.

    “ Bye, bye, baby, it’s been a sweet love
    Though this feeling I can’t change
    But please don’t take it so badly…
    Cause I’m as free as a bird now
    And this bird will never change”

    With love and respect,
    Rick, Nicki, Alec, & Ashlee

  • Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends , uncle Ron will be missed !! May everyone find comfort during this difficult time . ❤️

    With love
    Mandy Eric and family

  • I miss u already,hope ur not n anymore pain,U are one of a kind, we had great and bad times together u will always b n my heart. Tell Mom,dad D Marg and Pam hi we miss them too ,Luv u 4ever ur a”Freebird” now we all will miss u ,an we luv u.

  • With love and sympathy. May your family be consoled by the good times you had together during this time of grief.

  • So sorry to hear about Ronnie. I have a lot of childhood memories with Ronnie. Fishing and swimming in the Ohio River and always checking for spiders and wasp before going in the outhouse. lol. Always remember the good times with Ronnie. Rest easy cuz, I will miss you. Rich.

  • Dear God, WHO wrote this?!
    Anyways.. I will forever be greatful for all of our random long Harley rides out to the country!!
    Hope you’re finally RESTING Grandpa!! We love you!!

  • Fly high like an eagle my brother we had good times and bad times more good than bad always enjoy the rides we took you on your Harley me on my Honda you trying to catch up LOL people ask me what happened I just tell them your hardheadedness and your pride that’s what happened it must be in our genes cuz you’re no different than I am I love you brother you’ll always be with me take care of the family up there save me a parking spot

  • Fly high like an eagle my brother we had good times and bad times more good than bad always enjoy the rides we took you on your Harley me on my Honda you trying to catch up LOL people ask me what happened I just tell them your hardheadedness and your pride that’s what happened it must be in our genes cuz you’re no different than I am I love you brother you’ll always be with me take care of the family up there save me a parking spot.

    Your loving brother Savage the bull

  • RONNIE ,YOU HAVE BEEN IN OUR FAMILY FOR AT LEAST 40 YRS.ALL YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS ARE GOING TO MISS YOU AS ALL US PEOPLE WHO MORE OR LESS GREW UP WIT YOU.YOU CAME TO EVERY FATHER’S DAY PICNIC WITH OUR FAMILY.AND I MISS THAT.
    YOU WERE A GREAT FATHER AND GRADFATHER.BUT ALSO A FAMILY FRIEND.YOU TOOK CARE OF ALL OF US.TAKINGME TO GET MY KIDS YEARS AN YEARS AGO.WE HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES.WE LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU TERRABLY!!ONE OF THE HOWELL FAMILY.

  • Sorry to hear of Ron’s passing.i was fortunate enough to work with Ron at Holland in columbus.we both hired in at the same time .my sincere condolences to all of Ron’s family and friends.he was a good man and I’m sure he’ll be missed by many.rest in peace friend.

  • U r finally a “Freebird” we had many a good time an many rides together. U r missed already u were like my brother,and u were always there for my family,our boys Larry and Donnie an their families will miss u too We luv u bro.

  • So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I worked with Ron at Holland and also enjoyed going on some motorcycle rides with him. My thoughts and prayers for Ron’s family.
    Rest In Peace.

  • Our heart ❤️ and sympathy goes out to all his family for the loss of a very good friend of ours. Ronnie has been a friend of ours for years. We will always remember his kind ways and the laugh of no other! RIP Ronald Dean Ratlliff Sr. (Ronnie) sure gonna miss you! Love, Larry and Mary (Held) Jones.

  • Sorry to here about Ron. Also worked with him at Holland and had many laughs. He will be missed, Condolences to all his family.

  • Well oh friend you have finally left me but just for a little while I’ll always remember you and carry you in my heart. You were truly a good friend to me. I enjoyed the bike ride that we went on had a lot of fun. We didn’t get it right in this life but maybe the next one will be even better. Fly high fFREEBIRD.

  • So very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad Jason. Prayers for you and the family. I always enjoyed talking to him and hearing his stories at the boys ball games. So sad to see he passed away

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