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George Karl Ratzenberger


1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Ratzenberger George Karl Ratzenberger, 88, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown, Ohio. George was born March 20, 1929 in Unionport, Ohio to Benjamin and Olga Ratzenberger. After graduating from Wintersville High School, Wintersville, Ohio, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. In 1948 he married Priscilla Votey, the love of his life for 50+ years. They traveled from Kessler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi to Cleveland, to Griffiss AFB, N.Y. George completed his stint in the Air Force as an F-86 Sabrejet crew chief in the 27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in 1952. It was his time in the Air Force that his love of aviation grew into a career. He and Priscilla moved to Columbus, Ohio where they grew a family and George devoted his working career at North American/Rockwell working his way to Quality Control. He retired from NA/Rockwell in 1986 after 34 years of dedicated service. George and Priscilla then moved to Pensacola, Florida. After Priscilla's passing in 1999, he rekindled a friendship with Linda Kratzer and soon she became the second love of his life. They married in 2001. George loved everything about the outdoors, jazz, aviation, golf, reading about history and sailing. He had a gift that he could fix anything and would stop whatever he was doing to help a friend or neighbor. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity and that special humor and twinkle in his bright blue eyes. He is preceded in death by his wife Priscilla, his parents Ben and Olga, brother Jack, sister Lois Simpson and brother-in-law Alan Simpson, father and mother-in- law Hal and Margaret Votey and sister-in-law Kit Votey. George is survived by his loving wife, Linda Kratzer Ratzenberger; his children, Judy Ratzenberger, Lori (Bob) Scott and Doug Ratzenberger, Sheryl (John) Byersdorfer, John (Kara) Kratzer; brother-in-law, Jack Votey; grandchildren, Karly and Jack Ratzenberger, Jenny (Eric) Travers, Juli Kitsmiller, Keaton Kratzer, Andie Kratzer and Grace Kratzer; great great grandchildren, Sarah and Emma Kitsmiller, Gracie, Deke, Drew Travers; and many nieces and nephews and their children. In lieu of flowers, please donate in George Ratzenberger's name to the Ohio Veterans Home, 2003 Veterans Boulevard, Georgetown, OH 45121.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 10, 2017
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