Honoring Tradition.
Celebrating Life.

Bill L. Ratliff

February 15, 1945 - May 7, 2018
Grand Rapids, MI



Thursday, May 10, 2018
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes
Alt & Shawmut Chapel
2120 Lake Michigan Dr., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 453-8263
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Friday, May 11, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
New Comminity Church
2340 Dean Lake Rd.
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
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Friday, May 11, 2018
12:00 PM EDT
New Community Church
2340 Dean Lake Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
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Life Story / Obituary


Bill L. Ratliff, aged 73, of Grand Rapids, went to be with his Lord, on Monday, May 7, 2018, at his home, with his loving family at his side. Born Feb. 15, 1945, he was the son of the late Clarence and Hazel Ratliff. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Don Ratliff, Jean (Bill) Jourden and Dave Ratliff. He is survived by his children, Ryan and Betsy Ratliff, Heather and Aaron Peterson; his grandchildren, Elijah, Grace-Miriam and Naomi Ratliff, and Anna Peterson; his sisters, Betty Duffy and Sue (Rog) Ensing; many nieces, nephews and friends. Bill honorably served his country in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He retired from Ameritech after 34 years of service. A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held on Friday, May 11, at 12:00 noon, at New Community Church, 2340 Dean Lake Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Relatives and friends may meet his family at Heritage Lifestory Funeral Home, 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW on Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, and again at the church on Friday from 11:00 am until the service begins at 12:00. Burial in Rosedale Cemetery. To read more about Bill’s life to sign his guest book and to leave your own memory of him, visit his web page at www.lifestorynet.com