RATZKE On Thursday, January 24, 2008 Johannes Paul Josef Ratzke passed away peacefully and was taken to the arms of his Lord and Savior. John was born April 13, 1937 in Forst, Germany to Paul and Minna Ratzke. John lived a very full rich life dividing his time and energies between family and business. He worked very hard all his life to provide a future with opportunity and blessing for his family, whom he cherished dearly. Most of all John loved Jesus and through his personal relationship with Him, he ensured his final home was heaven. John will be remembered for his compassion, generosity, big heart, wonderful stories of his children, grandchildren, and stories of the past. John is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Alida, his children, Joanne, John, Jennifer, Jeffrey and Robert. His daughter-in-law Lynne, two sons-in-law, Kelly and Rob, his eight grandchildren; Jordan, Alexandra, Jessa, Emily, Sam, Madison, Zac and Christian. He is also survived by two sisters, Hanna and Anne Marie, two brothers, Fred and Jerry and numerous family members. A Celebration of John Ratzke's life will be held at Crossroads Church (38105 Range Road 275, at the corner of 32 Street and Hwy 2) on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow the service at Davenport Place Community Hall (2300 Danielle Drive). Flowers are gratefully declined, however, if friends so desire donations can be made in John's Memory to the Loaves and Fishes (6002 54 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4M8) or the Women's Shelter (Box 561, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 5G1). We especially would like to thank Dr. Francis Sutherland and Dr. Scott Dowden of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and Dr. Elliot and all of the wonderful nurses at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, Ward 32, for their devotion and care to our forever cherished father. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting: www.reddeerfuneralhome.com

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