Richard James Ratcliff


Richard James Ratcliff, 71, of Spirit Lake passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake. Burial will take place in the Okoboji View Cemetery in Arnolds Park, IA. A visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Arrangements are under the direction of the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Online condolences may be sent to
Richard was born on February 28, 1948 in Sheridan, WY to William and Virginia (Oberle) Ratcliff. He graduated from high school in Mapleton, MN and earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Mankato State. He was an auto mechanic managing the Standard Station in Spirit Lake for many years.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. In his free time, Richard enjoyed his cottage on Francis Sites in Spirit Lake and wintering in Palm Coast, FL.
He is survived by his mother Virginia Ratcliff of Mankato, MN; brothers John (Debbie) Ratcliff of Rosemont, MN; Mark Ratcliff of Eagle Lake, MN; Tom Ratcliff of Arnolds Park; Dan (Adri) Ratcliff of Waconia, MN and many dear nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father William and sister in law Linda Ratcliff.
Memorials may directed to Lakes Regional Hospice in Richard's name.
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