Jay Edward Ratliff

Born: Fri., Jun. 2, 1922
Died: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 19, 2018
Location: Resthaven Mortuary

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Tue., Feb. 20, 2018
Location: Tenth Street Baptist Church

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Jay Edward Ratliff, 95, of Trenton, Missouri, passed away at 8:15 AM on February 16, 2018, at the North Care Hospice House in North Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10TH Street Baptist Church in Trenton. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens North of Trenton. A scheduled visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Resthaven Mortuary north of Trenton. Open visitation will begin 1:00 PM Monday at Resthaven. Memorials and contributions are suggested to North Kansas City Hospice Care or North 65 Senior Center and can be left with or mailed to Resthaven Mortuary PO Box 587 Trenton, Missouri 64083.
Jay was born on June 2, 1922 in Grundy County, Missouri (forks of the river area), to William Truman “Bump” Ratliff and Wilma Adella Brown. He was united in marriage to Mary Lee Kennedy on June 26, 1942 in Trenton, Missouri. He joined the United States Army on December 1, 1942 and served until September 17, 1945. He was in the Inf. 80th Div. in Italy during World War II. He worked for Trenton Foods for 33 years before retiring. He loved DANCING and gardening.
Mr. Ratliff is survived by his wife of 75 years, Mary Lee of the home; his children, Ralph Ratliff and wife Kathryn of Chillicothe, MO, Ruby Reich of Trenton, MO, Judy Railsback and husband Bob of Trenton, MO, Rubert Ratliff and wife Kay of Gilman City, MO, Joyce Tredway of Chula, MO, and close family friend, Sue Knapp of Trenton, MO; 14 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; his sister, Willa Fouty of Springdale, AR; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Ratliff is preceded in death by his parents; son, Steve Ratliff; grandson, Scott Railsback; granddaughter, Lisa Kay Ratliff; 2 infant granddaughters; son-in-law, John Tredway; and his siblings, Lulu Cox, Lloyd Ratliff, Russell Ratliff, Letha LaFollette, Jewel Gott, Clifton Ratliff, Ode Ratliff, Lester Ratliff, Helen Ratliff, Alice Thompson, and Betty Farris.

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Joyce Diegelman Hebert
   Posted Sun February 18, 2018
So thankful Jay was in my life for the years I was part of the Jay and Mary Ratliff family with my very dear friend, Ruby. It was such a pleasure to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Janell Trull
   Posted Sun February 18, 2018
Rest In Peace Great Uncle Jay. You will be missed and forever loved.

Dan & Lenora Whan
   Posted Sun February 18, 2018
Dear Uncle Jay you are loved by many whose lives have been made better by knowing you. Love and prayers for Aunt Mary and the rest of the family.

Bill and Jean Clark
   Posted Sun February 18, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family with your loss of a husband, father and grandfather. Thinking of you all but especially High School classmate and friend, Rubert.

Rose Stoppelmoor
   Posted Sun February 18, 2018
Heaven has gained a wonderful soul. His presence made life here look possible and even worth while. We have all been made better by knowing him.

Linda (Ratliff) Nelson
   Posted Sun February 18, 2018
Sorry to hear about Jay's passing. Words cannot express the loss you are feeling. He leaves behind a great legacy of a loving family.

Betty Ratliff and family
   Posted Sun February 18, 2018
What a great man Uncle Jay was. Monte always had the highest regard and respect for him. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Betty and Terri, Randy, Michael and David and families.

john and mary anne (patelke) Koeller
   Posted Mon February 19, 2018
Dear Cousins, Please accept our sympathy on the loss of your father, Jay. We have enjoyed getting to know this wonderful man these past few years. We will miss him. John and Mary Anne

Larry Meeks
   Posted Mon February 19, 2018
Sorry to hear of his passing. I worked with him at Trenton Foods years ago and went to school with Rubert. Later years I would see Jay at Hyvee most mornings. Always warm and friendly, nice gentle man. Rubert, losing a parent is a hard thing to get through, but try to remember all the time you had with him.

Rhonda Johnson
   Posted Mon February 19, 2018
Condolences to Mary and all. I recall Wagon Wheel dancing a long time ago, offering Jay lifts from Hy-Vee, his ability to tell stories was amazing. Will be missed.

Jim and Betty Jordan & Family
   Posted Mon February 19, 2018
Uncle Jay was a gentle man among Giants. He was a man that you never would forget. Him and my daddy, Russell Ratliff, never knew a stranger.
We will miss him but he will live on in our wonderful memories he gave to each and everyone of us. I will continue to smile thru my tears for he is with all our beloved ones we had to say goodbye to in the past. We will someday see you my dear Uncle Jay.

Becky Wilson
   Posted Tue February 27, 2018
I had the pleasure of being Jays neighbor when I was growing up. Jay was a wonderful man. I have many memories of him. I am so sorry to hear that he passed. He will be missed by many. Thinking and praying for all the family

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