Jerry Ratzlaff, 76, of Fayetteville, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.
He was born Feb. 17, 1942, in Buhler, Kan., to Eldo and Anna Marie Siemens Ratzlaff. He was the choir director and member of Central Presbyterian Church in Russellville. He started his career as a choir and then band director in Gravette, spent a year at Siloam Springs and enjoyed 28 years as a band director in the Russellville School District.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bill Ratzlaff; sister-in-law, Sharon; brother-in-law, Johnny Nantz; and his niece, Mendy Nantz Sedlmeier and her family.
He is survived by two daughters, Leslie Lyons, and her husband Nick, of Bentonville; Lynsey Reynolds of Rogers; one sister, Marjorie Nantz of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Kenny Ratzlaff and his wife Kay, of Tampa, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Jackson and Grace Lyons and Grayson and Griffyn Reynolds.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Butterfield Trail Village Performance Hall in Fayetteville, with fellowship following at the Butterfield Lodge. Arrangements were by Moores Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville.