Gregory Alm Ratzlaff, 36, died in Iraq on August 3, 2004, serving as a Marine helicopter pilot.He was the son of Gary and Kathleen (Aetzel) Ratzlaff of Olympia, and the brother of Anne Anex of Renton. Greg was the oldest grandson of the late Bill and Evelyn Aetzel, also of Olympia.Born in Mt. Vernon, Washington in 1968, Greg spent his childhood in Washington and Alaska. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1990, where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, he entered the military.He leaves a wife, Mary, and a two-year old son, Drew, in San Diego, California.A memorial service will be held for him on Saturday, August 14, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. at the New Tacoma Cemetery, Chambers Creek Chapel, 9221 Chambers Creek Road W, Tacoma, Washington.
Published in The Olympian on Aug. 12, 2004