May 26, 1928 – March 29, 2017
Clifford Wayne Ratliff of Colorado Springs, formerly of Rocky Ford, passed away March 29, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Wayne was born in Fowler, Colorado, on May 26, 1928, to the late Martin Dale and Maude Irene (Hysom) Ratliff. His family lived on their farm until moving to Rocky Ford, Colorado, when he was 12 years old.
He graduated from Rocky Ford High School and enlisted in the United States Navy. He returned to Rocky Ford and married Dorothy (Dotty) Lackey and they had two children, Karen and Dennis Wayne.
He began farming and continued until 1971, when he and his wife, Dorothy (Dotty) Lackey, moved to Colorado Springs and he began a new career in refrigeration and heating engineering at the Broadmoor Hotel, where he worked for 10 years. He ended his career retiring from Fort Carson Military Hospital.
Wayne’s passions were hunting, fishing and skiing. He traveled throughout Colorado to fish and went to Alaska three times to fish for halibut and salmon. He hunted many places in Colorado to hunt elk, but his favorite place was Big Mountain. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, and a lifetime member of the Elks in Rocky Ford.
Wayne was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Wayne in 1952, his parents, Maude and Dale Ratliff, and his sister Helen Elaine Prior. Wayne is survived by his daughter Karen Marconi and her husband Dennis Marconi of Colorado Springs; granddaughter Kristie Leslie and her husband Tim as well as their three daughters, Marlayna, Taylor and Brooke. He is also survived by a nephew, a niece and many cousins.
Wayne’s typical quote to his daughter was “We’ve had a good life.”
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Ford-Ustick Funeral Home in Rocky Ford, with Pastor John Dell officiating. Interment will immediately follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Rocky Ford.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ford - Ustick Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.