Robert Clayton Ratliff

Born on June 14, 1925

VICTORIA - Robert Clayton Ratliff, 88, of Victoria passed away on September 11, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Bob was born June 14, 1925, in Wasco, CA, to Paul and Vera (Kemp) Ratliff. He grew up in Grand Terrace, California. Bob joined the United States Navy in 1943 where he served as an electrician aboard the USS Alexander Dallas, USS Arkansas and the USS General M.L. Hersey. He attended Chaffey College in Ontario, CA, where he met his future wife, Mardy Goldsmith. In 1950 they married and moved to Davis, CA, where he earned his BS at the University of California. Upon graduation he went to work for Mobil Oil Company and in 1962 the Ratliff family moved from California to Premont, Texas. In 1979 he was transferred to the Vanderbilt Gas Plant and he and Mardy moved to Victoria.
He was Scoutmaster, a very active member of the Friends of the Victoria Library, served on the Cultural Council of Victoria, an elder in the First Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Victoria Art League. Painting, drawing, journaling and reading were his passions. Bob also enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, gardening, storytelling, and sharing his many talents with his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mardy, his daughters, Marcy Ratliff-Prooth and husband, Charles of Gilroy, CA, Ellen Gray and husband, James of Gonzales, TX, Carol Gerard and husband, Doug of Branson, MO, and his son, Jeffrey Ratliff and wife, Frances of Raleigh, NC, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jeanne Bubier.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Victoria with the Rev. Kathryn Morton and the Rev. Diana Whitley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 2408 N. Navarro, Victoria, TX, 77901, or Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust Ave., Victoria, Texas, 77901.
We will miss your sparkling blue eyes, your smiles, your strength, your creativity, your laughter, and your loving, generous presence. We love you Papa Bob now and forever.
Services under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapels, 361-573-4546.



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