Their children are Paula (Ratliff) Wilson and her husband, Paul Wilson, Sun City, Ariz.; Tom Ratliff and his wife, Miriam Ratliff, Heidelberg, Germany; Josh Ratliff and his wife, Susan Ratliff, Overland Park; and Beth (Ratliff) Novak and her husband, Nick Novak, Sun City, Ariz.
They have nine grandchildren, Russell, Marlee, Jenna, Whitney, Elsa, Jax, Max, Levon and Caroline.
The Ratliffs also will be celebrating their anniversary with Barbara’s mother, Ruby Schuster.
The couple also has lived in Hugoton, Kan., Solomon, Kan., and Ottawa, Kan.
Bill was a longtime educator in Ottawa and Baldwin City. Barbara worked as a registered nurse and a hospice nurse. They are loved dearly and respected by their children and grandchildren. Bill and Barbara are truly role models of love, marriage and family.
Bill Ratliff and the former Barbara Schuster were married Aug. 31, 1963, at First Christian Church in Garnett.