Lloyd Ratzlaff

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lloyd Ratzlaff of Linden, Alberta on Saturday June 2, 2018 at the age of 86 years. Lloyd is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ruth Ratzlaff (nee Toews); his five sons Douglas (Cheryl) Michael (Donna Lynn), Kurt (Helena), Peter (Shirl), and Robert (Jenn); his grandchildren, Luke, Holly, Trent, Scott, Janelle (Jared), Kelsey, Joel (Sydney), Andrea, Rodney, Tyler, Matthew, Miranda, Margo, and Natalie; and his great-granddaughter, Jaydynn. Lloyd is also survived by his sister Sylvia (Ted) Regher, brother Vic (Heide) Ratzlaff, sister Phyllis Ratzlaff, and sister-in-law Mary Ratzlaff. Lloyd was predeceased by his parents Simon and Margaret (Loewen), his brother Wesley, his sister Leonora and his great-granddaughter Hannah-Rae. Lloyd was born and raised on his Grandmother's homestead, north of Linden. He attended Buckeye School, Coaldale MB School and Sunnyslope School. When Lloyd was 12, his family undertook the difficult decision to change churches. During this tumultuous time, Lloyd spent his Sunday mornings honing his marksmanship skills on the local gopher population. Through baptism, Lloyd chose with purpose and conviction to follow his Lord, and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He was a lifelong learner, always seeking to grow his faith. As a young man, Lloyd enthusiastically courted his neighbour's daughter, Ruth Toews, and the two of them were married in 1954. While Lloyd's first earthly passion was farming, the financial realities required another path, so Lloyd struck out in the teaching profession. He completed high school followed by his teaching certificate, his Bachelors Degree, and then his Master's Degree in education. He taught in Masinasin, Torrington, Seven Persons, Three Hills and Linden. Lloyd became principal of Dr. Elliott School in 1969 and retired in 1987. During his time teaching in Three Hills and Linden he was able to return to his passion for farming and started a dairy on the homestead in 1980. With Ruth's steady hand and wise council, Lloyd managed to balance raising five boys, night classes, teaching, and running a dairy farm. There were few quiet moments in the 900 sq ft house but Lloyd always had time for each of his boys. In 1996 Lloyd and Ruth moved into Linden, when Lloyd retired from farming. Lloyd continued to be active in the MB Church, as well as keeping a hand in farming by feeding cattle at Mike's farm, along with performing maintenance at the CC Toews farm, helping in planning and building the Linden Lodge, and guiding his sons through their life journeys.The family wishes to thank the staff of the Linden Lodge for their care and attention, as well as the staff at the Red Deer hospital for their care of Lloyd during his last weeks. Memorial services were held Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Linden Mennonite Brethren Church, Linden, Alberta with interment in Linden Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to Canadian Foodgrains Bank at www.foodgrainsbank.ca Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetltd.ca