Leonard L. Ratliff

Leonard Ratliff age 78 of Missouri Valley, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Leonard was born November 14, 1941 in Missouri Valley, Iowa to John and Lucille (Myler) Ratliff. He graduated from Missouri Valley High School. He married Faye Piercy August 7, 1965. Leonard joined The United States Navy and served from 1961 through 1965. He worked for Gate City Steel from 1965 to 1980 then he was a self-employed welder for years, he then went to work for the City of Missouri Valley in 1989 to 2009. Leonard was on the Missouri Valley City Council for eight years, a life member of the American Legion Post#337, he enjoyed fishing, camping, drinking coffee with guys, and most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Leonard is preceded in death by his parents, son Danny, sister Diana, brother Cork, brother-in-law Ernie Dearinger.
Survivors include his wife Faye Ratliff (Piercy), children John and wife Cindy of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Mike and wife Audra of Omaha, Nebraska, Jerry and wife Carrie of Mingo, Iowa. Six Grandchildren Lauren, Morgan, Michael, Max, Bennett, and Layla. Sisters Nancy Dearinger of Papillion, Nebraska, and Gracie Frazier of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. with Chaplain Mike Morgan at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa.
In Loving Memory Of Leonard L. Ratliff
Born November 14, 1941 Missouri Valley, Iowa
Entered Into Rest November 12, 2020 Omaha, Nebraska
Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Hennessey Funeral Home Missouri Valley, Iowa
Officiating Pastor Connie McWilliams
Musical Selections “Amazing Grace” “Wabash Cannonball”
Honorary Casket Bearer
Dale Daniels
Casket Bearers
Dwight Harper Doug Johnson
Bob Thompson Mike Nielson
Tim Cooper Josh Boruff
Final Resting Place Branson Cemetery Loveland, Iowa
Military Honors will be conducted by Julius F. Muller American Legion Post# 337.


  • Chris Waite Posted November 13, 2020 5:20 pm

    So sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers.

  • Larry Green Posted November 13, 2020 6:24 pm

    Sure am glad the Good Lord made Leonard & gave him special gifts.

  • John Rounds Posted November 14, 2020 8:13 am

    So sorry for your loss…..

  • LouAnn Finken Posted November 14, 2020 8:13 am

    Leonard was a good man. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family.

  • Mike and Deb Gardner Posted November 14, 2020 10:36 am

    We have many good memories of Leonard throughout the years. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with your family.

  • Susan Kiefer Posted November 14, 2020 10:41 am

    What a loss to so many. I think of all the fun of Leonard, all the jokes and stories but when it comes down to it, a man to be taken very seriously. Serious about his love for his wife and family, serious about his community and country and the well being of all. All the seriousness of Leonard presented in such a lighthearted, delightful way. You will be missed in so many unique ways as you have blessed so many with your presence in so many ways.

  • Jennifer Mcdonald Posted November 14, 2020 1:27 pm

    Sorry for your family’s loss 🙏💔 thoughts and prayers for the family from the crew of Family Dollar

  • Michelle Gibson Posted November 14, 2020 1:55 pm

    Leonard was a character and and half. You didn’t know what he would say next. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss !

  • Marilyn Nelson Posted November 14, 2020 5:15 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss… great guy, so very young… I was working at the Eagles Club and did a very stupid thing Leonard ans Sam Hanen were fighting about something and yes I stepped between them. I could have gotten hurt… I was very lucky…Have a lot of memories…. just wanted to share this one with you all. Love you all.

  • Angela Woods (Wheat) Posted November 14, 2020 5:31 pm

    Our family grew up neighbors to the rattliffs
    I can remember playing on there front porch and in the bacement.. we are so very sorry to hear of Lenords passing we send our sincere condolences and pray for strength and comfort during this difficult time!
    Tim and Angie Woods

  • Becke Majors Posted November 14, 2020 6:17 pm

    Carrie and family, so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are sent to and for you.

  • Gary Gatrost Posted November 14, 2020 9:32 pm

    So sorry to here of Leonard’s passing. We do enjoyed our time living Nextdoor .

  • Leia Johnsen Posted November 16, 2020 9:30 am

    🙏 RIP Dear Leonard
    Going to miss those stories you
    told. Many condolences to all
    The family.
    The Johnsen’s (Torgerson)
    John and Leia and kids

    • Hank and Betty Marquardt Posted November 16, 2020 4:28 pm

      Never a dull moment with Leonard around. We enjoyed visiting with him . Not many left from the old Seaton’s Addition neighborhood. Lots of memories.

  • Joanne Fisher Posted November 16, 2020 4:53 pm

    my prayers to the family—my husband Kenny Fisher loved talking and joking with Leonard when they saw each other—he was a smart man and knew so much about our towns history—he will be missed by many I am sure

  • John and Ellen O’Banion Posted November 16, 2020 6:10 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the Ratliff family. Leonard will be truly missed.

  • George/Julie Haner Posted November 16, 2020 6:33 pm

    One of the best men I have ever known. I have a lot of good memories with Leonard and he will be missed by all who knew him.Rest in Peace.

  • Theresa Ebert Posted November 17, 2020 6:01 am

    John so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers!

  • Steve and Amy Gibson Posted November 17, 2020 6:57 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. We have so many wonderful memories of Leonard. He always made us laugh, & we truly enjoyed visiting with him. Thinking of you all. He will be missed dearly.

  • Sheri (Rodasky) Devor Posted November 17, 2020 10:48 am

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.. Leonard always had a joke for me eveytime he seen me. My dad always enjoyed talking to him.

  • Kathie Joanne Cox(Rowe) Posted November 17, 2020 6:36 pm

    My deepest sympathy to your family. Leonard will be greatly missed. Our families have known each other practically since the beginning of time. My parents sends their sympathy also. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  • Karen Bonham Anderson Posted November 20, 2020 9:39 am

    So sorry to hear about Leonard. We had so much fun when we were kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Tom and Linda DeBar Posted November 20, 2020 12:34 pm

    Our sincerest sympathies. Leonard will be so missed by so many. Everyone’s memories of him will always be of his jokes his pranks his laughter He instilled his patriotism and civic duties to his sons. What a legacy. We were honored to be family and we will embrace all those memories of happy times at family functions together While we are stunned at his passing we will reach out to those memories of him
    God Bless to Faye John and Cindy. Mike and Audra. Jerry and Carrie Sister Nancy and Gracie. and Families

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