Floyd A. Ratcliffe, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather (amongst many other special titles/roles) passed peacefully with his wife, Rosalinda, by his side on Friday morning, November 18, 2022, of heart failure. He is now reunited with his parents, parents-in-law, most of his brothers and sisters, and many friends.
Floyd was born in Roanoke, Virginia on February 17, 1944 to Ira Hale and Nora Smith Ratcliffe. He lived there until the age of five when his family decided to move to Bountiful, Utah. Floyd played fast-pitch softball and was known for his strong-pitching arm. In his youth, Floyd worked diligently at Bangerter and Burningham Farms for many years to support himself, buying his own school clothing and other essential items. Floyd graduated from Bountiful High School in 1962. He enjoyed running the Bountiful streets and hills with Denny Edwards, Ron Johnson, F.J. Parker, Bill Morrison, the Lindsey boys, and many others. He later joined the National Guard and became a civilian employee at Hill Air Force Base working on navigational aircraft instruments. He retired from Hill Air Force Base after many years of service.
Floyd met his loving wife, Rosalinda Odekirk, at a dance in the North Salt Lake bowling alley, and they fell in love instantly. They spent 56 years together and brought two beautiful children into their lives. Floyd is survived by his wife, Rosalinda; son, Brett (Jane) Ratcliffe; daughter, Angela (Kelly) Bird; along with four beautiful grandchildren; Cole (Staci) Ratcliffe; Madison (Christopher) Cox; Kaitlyn Bird and Mckinley Bird; and two great-grandchildren Margaret and William Cox. He was preceded in death by his parents, all brothers and sisters except his brother Dale, and a premature granddaughter.
Floyd enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and gardening. He loved hiking and fishing in the Uintah’s, camping all over Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. He was known for hunting deer, rabbits, pheasants, and doves with his son, son-in-law, and grandson. Floyd and his family went on two cruises and a trip to Alaska to fish for halibut and salmon. He also camped, boated, and fished Flaming Gorge Reservoir in his later years. He grew prize-winning cabbages for his grandchildren to enter in the Davis County Fair. He was so proud of his rock-garden, poppy flowers, tomatoes, and other vegetables. His bottle of Round-up and hard-working nature kept a weed-free, beautiful yard that made him so proud. He loved listening to all songs by Hank Williams Junior, especially “All my Rowdy Friends”.
As per Floyd’s request, he is to be cremated with no official services to be held. His family will celebrate his life this coming summer in a special place that he requested to be memorialized. Arrangements entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.
We love and miss you so much, Dad, Papa, and Floyd! We hope you are enjoying your reunion with all of your family and buddies. We will continue to carry your legacy of love until we all meet again!