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John S. Ratcliff, 79, of Huntingtown died Jan. 2, 2013.
He was born Sept. 3, 1933, to Henry and Margaret Ratcliff of Mohegan, W.Va.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952. While stationed at Scott Field Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1953, he obtained his GED. He then furthered his education by training in cryptography, teletype, radio and telephone in Belleville, Ill. Then in 1969, he attended the New York Institute of Finance and became a licensed stock broker with the New York Stock Exchange in New York, N.Y. He went on to become the chief operations manager with DRS.
During his lifetime, he was a world traveler. While serving with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he traveled through Germany, Italy, Malta, Libya, Greece and Turkey. After leaving the military, he continued to travel and visited Jamaica, Bahamas, New Mexico and several other places throughout the U.S. He had many artistic talents, which included playing the piano and dancing. He was inducted with his wife, Caroline, into the National Boppers Hall of Fame, a national dance organization, in 2001. He was known as a smooth dancer, became vice president of the Maryland Hand Dance Club for a number of years and was head of numerous committees. In his 20s, he liked to box. However, in the later years, he was an avid reader and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline Munaretto Ratcliff; children, John S. Ratcliff Jr.; siblings, Angelo and his wife, Geraldine Ratcliff, and Cruiz and his wife, Lucille Soto; and several nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Lee Funeral Home Calvert in Owings, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Interment will follow with military honors at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dare to C.A.R.E. Foundation, 2002 Medical Parkway, Sajak Pavilion, Suite 520, Annapolis, MD 21401.