GLEN ROSE—James D. Ratliff went home to be with the Lord on May 2, 2017 in the Woodlands. 

Jim was born in Seymour, Texas and attended high school in Glen Rose. 

He joined the U.S. Navy in November 1943, serving with distinction until May 1946. He was awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement as a radioman of a torpedo bomber board the USS Belleau Wood in action in the Japanese homeland. 

Jim returned to Glen Rose after discharge and worked for General Dynamics for 41 years, retiring in 1989.

His faith in the Lord was strong and the families joy is that, “To be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord,” is the believers promise when our days here end.

Jim’s wife of 44 years, NaRay, preceded him in death in 2014 as did his brother, Tracy, and sister, Sue.

He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Jacobs; son, Steven Omelan and his wife Donna; grandson, John Omelan and his wife Kirsten; granddaughter, Michelle Baumbach and her husband Donald; granddaughter, Cheryl Scalf and her husband Michael; and granddaughter, Stephanie Barker and her husband Eddy. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Hannah, Ivan, Janelle, Mason, Trey, Logan, Ivan and Abigail.

He will be buried next to his wife, NaRay, in Belton, Texas on Saturday, May 13. 

In lieu of flowers, Bibles should be placed in the memory of James D. Ratliff through the Gideon ministry.