Oct 17, 2013
DeForest Ratterree, 90, Nevada, MO, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Joplin, MO following a brief illness. He was born May 18, 1923 in Huggins, MO, to Thomas Jefferson Ratterree and Lucy Jane Watts Ratterree.
DeForest was raised in the Huggins and Cabool, MO area and graduated high school there. He served in the United States Army from March 1943 to November 1945 and was stationed in the South Pacific. During his service he was awarded three Bronze Stars. DeForest spent 34 years in the National Guard, over 30 of which were spent at Camp Clark in Nevada, retiring as “Officer In Charge” in 1976. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Nevada, and longtime member of PBO Elks #564, Nevada.
He was married to Helen E. Briggs and from this marriage three children survive, Robert D. Ratterree and his wife Dorothy, Topeka, KS, Mary Jane Hinkle and her husband Milton, of Sheldon, Debbie Carlson and her husband Steve, Topeka. Also surviving are; one step-daughter, Pam Nicodemus, CA; eight grandchildren, Robert Ratterree, Jr., Chuck Ratterree, Randy Hinkle, Lisa Hinkle, Laura Allen, Amber Miller, Brian Carlson, Lori Budd, step-grandchildren, Sean Nicodemus, Molly Culwell, Derek Ellis, Alex Ellis, five great-grandchildren, one sister, Ivy Mullins, Willow Springs, MO, numerous nieces, nephews, and close friend and companion, Marilyn Entrikin. He was preceded in death by two wives, Pauline Nicodemus, and Blanche Ricketts, daughter, Deanna Dally, step-son, Bob Nicodemus, four brothers, Art, Claude, Earl, and Lee Ratterree, two sisters, Jewell Mullins, and Nona Watkins.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Rev. Hubert Fox officiating. Interment with military rites will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the National Cemetery, Fort Scott, KS. The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 a.m. prior to the service.
Those who wish may contribute in his name to the First Baptist Church, Nevada.