Donald E. Ratzlaff Jr. peacefully passed into eternal life on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the age of 66. Beloved father of Alexandra. Caring brother of Darlene (Jeff) Crandall, David (Bonnie), Denise, Dawn (Jeff) Linski. Friend and former husband of Patricia Ratzlaff. Further survived by relatives and friends.
Donald graduated from Boy’s Tech High School in Milwaukee in 1970. He served his country in Vietnam as a member of the United State Air Force earning a Purple Heart and the Air Medal. He was stationed in Omaha, Nebraska, Japan and other locations. Donald coached football at White Lake High School and was an avid sportsman who cherished his time hunting and fishing. He was a member of Langlade Trap Club which he enjoyed. He served as past master of the Antigo Lodge #231 F. & A.M. He was also a past patron of Jewel Chapter #19, Antigo. Donald worked with pride for many years at the Langlade Hospital as their materials manager. He then retired to Milwaukee for health reasons.
A memorial visitation was held on Monday, April 2nd at Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Home in Milwaukee. Masonic service under the auspice of Lake Lodge #189 F. & A.M. and a memorial service, inurnment and military honors were held on Tuesday, April 3rd at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the local veteran’s group of your choice are appreciated.