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Kenneth "Harold" Ratliff
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Birth: Nov. 4, 1925
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Death: May 6, 1985
Redwood City
San Mateo County
California, USA

Residence on date of birth:
574-26th Ave., San Francisco, California

For a couple of years when he was very young his parents were having financal problems so he was cared for by his grandparents:

George Oliver Ratliff (1878-1946)
and
Carrie Elizabeth Benway (1880-1949)
and hs aunt:
Nina Mardel Ratliff Lutz (1909-1985)

Harold Ratliff, was known "Ratliff the Magician" He performed as a magician he performed for churches, children's parties and many organizations.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific aboard the USS Copahee CVE 12.

For many years during the 1940s and 1950s he worked for and took part in the management of Peninsula Ambulance Service, the family business in Redwood City in California.

In the late 1950s he owned the Flying "A" service station at the corner of Old Bayshore Highway (now Veterans Blvd) and Middlefield Rd in Redwood City. For a while his partner was his brother Ralph Junior Ratliff (1928-2002).

After the death of his father Ralph H. Ratliff in 1963 he took part in the management of Peninsula Ambulance Service before starting his own California Ambulance Service. He remained in business until emergency medical services were turned over to EMTs at local fire stations.

During later years he worked for Raychem in Menlo Park.

August 1944:

A large wedding party and reception was held in honor of newly wedded Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kenneth Ratliff, the former Miss Virginia Alberta French of San Francisco, at the home of the groom's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Haseltine of 479 Sequoia Ave. last week.

Because of Harold's short leave from the navy, in which he is a seaman second class, the couple was married in Reno on Aug. 23. They met several years ago when Virginia visited her aunt, Mrs. Tom Kelly of Redwood City.

For her wedding the bride chose the navy colors of navy blue and white. She wore a navy blue suit with white accessories and a gardenia corsage.

Harold is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Ratliff of 1474 Oxford St. He is the brother of Ralph and Virginia Ratliff who attend Sequoia High School and Ralph Harold Ratliff Jr. who is now in the U.S. Army at Camp Haan. Harold also attended Sequoia High School.

At the reception the table was decorated in blue and white centered with a tiered wedding cake topped with a miniature sailor and his bride. Many gifts were received by the newlyweds.

Attending the reception were Mr. and Mrs. George Ratliff, grandparents of the groom, Mrs. Nina Mardel Lutz, aunt, and son Michael Lutz; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Keyser, aunt and uncle, and cousins, Bonnie, Phillip and Jimmie Keyser; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Haseltine, aunt and uncle, and Neal and Dale Haseltine; Mrs. Jasper Haseltine, aunt, and Joanne and Freddie Haseltine, and Sgt. and Mrs. Herbert England, cousins, and daughter, Sharon Lee.

Also attending were Sgt. and Mrs. John Whittington, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Alvis and sons, Mr. Norman Peterson and Kenneth Peterson, USN.

Unable to attend were Mr. Jasper Haseltine, uncle, who is now overseas with the merchant marine, Sgt. Eddie Thoemke of the U.S. Army, and Mrs. Thoemke, uncle and aunt; and Sgt. Richard Lutz, uncle, who is currently stationed in Roswell, New Mexico.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Ralph Harold Ratliff (1903 - 1963)
  Irene Isabelle Haseltine Ratliff (1906 - 1991)
 
 Children:
  Kenneth Wayne Ratliff (1945 - 1992)*
  Donna Lee Ratliff Knerr (1946 - 2012)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ralph Harold Ratliff (1922 - 1997)**
  Kenneth "Harold" Ratliff (1925 - 1985)
  Virginia Lois Ratliff Collins (1928 - 1997)*
  Ralph Junior Ratliff (1928 - 2002)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: CA, 1501
 
Maintained by: Michael Ratliff Lutz
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3623952
Kenneth Harold Ratliff
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Kenneth Harold Ratliff
Added by: Michael Ratliff Lutz
 
Kenneth Harold Ratliff
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- Michael Ratliff Lutz
 Added: Feb. 5, 2016
Rest in Peace cousin
- Michael Ratliff Lutz
 Added: Oct. 12, 2012
 
 
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