James A. “Jim” Ratiliff, 66, Corban, Ky., formerly of Warsaw, died March 8, 2016.
He married Bertha Damron, who survives.
He was a member of the Church of Christ and an outdoorsman; always eager to spend time in the woods camping or in the water scuba diving. He was a master level instructor in diving, capable of teaching ice diving, deep sea diving, night diving and cave diving. In times of relaxation he enjoyed fishing and boating. He also enjoyed and participated in auto racing. He was always eager to help a person in need, fix or repair their car. He was also a gun enthusiast, loving to collect, buy, sell and trade firearms.
In younger years he was a volunteer firefighter, earning the “Fireman of the Year Award.” He had lived in the Winona Lake/Warsaw area, where he owned and operated Arrow Glass Co. and Water Dog Scuba. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Also surviving are his mother: Bernice Rose Ratliff; three daughters: Jennifer Mink, Julie Hall and Larissa (and spouse David) Beller; a sister, Sheila (and spouse Greg) Osborne; a brother, Ray (and spouse Katie) Ratliff Jr.; and seven grandchildren: Samantha Mink, Sophie Mink, Jude Hall, Abigail Beller, Maddox Roark, Xandria Roark and Xavier Beller. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Ratliff, Sr.
Services are pending at Clark Legacy Center in Lexington, Ky.