RATCLIFF, Claude H. 83, of Plant City, entered into eternal rest on Feb. 18, 2014. He was a decorated Veteran of the United States Air Force
, having retired after 20 years of service in Korea, Japan, Greenland, and Alaska, and owned an automotive dealership for many years thereafter. He was a member of the Plant City Elks Lodge
#1727, and the First United Methodist Church of Plant City. He enjoyed sports, and was an avid Buccaneer and Nascar fan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Ratcliff. He is survived by his children, Steve Ratcliff (Gayle), Pam Kennard (John), Mark Ratcliff (Carol), and Mike Ratcliff (Michelle); life-partner Glenna Ratcliff; and 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 at 10 am at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S, Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 9 am. Interment with military honors to follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org
. Expressions of condolence at www.wecare.io.