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John R. Ratcliff

September 20, 1953 — July 27, 2022

John R. Ratcliff, 68, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming surrounded by family.

He was born on September 22, 1953 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of John and Betty Ratcliff.

John married Phyllis Walker in Green River, WY on April 2, 1977.

He loved playing baseball in his early years, the Tigers and White Socks tried to recruit him to play as an outfielder at the age of 17, but his parents would not let him because they were worried that he was too young. During this time period John got into some trouble and a judge ordered him to attend a bible camp and that is where he was saved. He then attended seminary school at the Gateway College of Evangelism in Wentzville, Missouri. He continued on to major in music at the St. Louis College and he played various instruments which he was also sought after for.

John was the 2nd longest standing minister in Rock Springs with 45 years serving the community. He established New Life Ministries in 1979. John traveled the world ministering, and went as far as China, he even helped build a school and church in Bulgaria. Through the church, he helped start the very first food bank in Sweetwater County. He worked with the safehouse and travelers aid and saved countless lives.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis Ratcliff; children Rusty Ratcliff, Patsy Ratcliff, Paula Lerma, Ricky Ratcliff, Storie Ratcliff; 24 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life. He once said he never understood his purpose until all of his babies came along, for him to love and care for.

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Alizabeth Ratcliff, and sister Nancy Burkholder.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm, Sunday August 7, 2022 at the Holiday Inn, 1675 Sunset Dr, Rock Springs, WY.

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Celebration of Life

Sunday, August 7, 2022

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Mountain time)

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