Frank D. Ratzlaff – Manchester

Frank David Ratzlaff, 79, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at his home in Manchester. He was born on March 20, 1940, in Lewis, the son of Fred J. and Dorothy L. (Cornwell) Ratzlaff, and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1958.

Frank served honorably in the United States Navy. He worked as a telegraph operator for Chicago Northwestern and then as an inspector in Manchester for the Iowa Department of Transportation. Frank retired in 1998 after 35 years with the DOT.

On September 27, 2019, Frank was united in marriage to Roxanne Knoedler. Frank enjoyed ice fishing and old cars. He owned and drag raced his car for several years.

Frank is survived by his wife, Roxanne of Manchester; five children, Richard (Mariea) Ratzlaff of Windsor, North Carolina, Kelly (Jeff) Freilinger of Swisher, Bruce (Deb) Ratzlaff of Manchester, Kathleen (David) Reed of LeClaire, and Kari (Kevin) Klaes of Guttenberg; grandchildren, Jason Glass, Jonathan and Matthew Klaes, Kendra McGill, Ashley and Derek Ward, Joseph Byam, Michael, Frank J., Richard T., and Daniel Ratzlaff, and Jeff and Eric Knutson; great-grandchildren, Kendin Prendergast, Walter and Charlotte McGill, Kalli Posey, and Frank “David,” Holden, and Riley Ratzlaff; great-great-granchildren; Cole and Nolan Ratzlaff; and special friends, Ron and Diane Gienapp, Lee and Joyce Falck, and Bob and Laurie Tibbott.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jessica Harrison in 2005; three brothers, Ray, Don, and Dick Ratzlaff; and a sister, Carolyn Wenger.

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Memorial Service with Military Honors: 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Manchester, Iowa, with the Reverend David Weber officiating.

Visitation: 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Manchester, Iowa.