Eldon Earl Ratzlaff

5 October 1920–11 March 2008 (Age 87)
Kansas, United States

The Life of Eldon Earl

When Eldon Earl Ratzlaff was born on 5 October 1920, in Kansas, United States, his father, John George Ratzlaff, was 31 and his mother, Minnie Margaret Warkentin, was 27. He married Dorothy B Williams on 8 February 1942. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Justice Precinct 1, Dallam, Texas, United States in 1930 and Macon Township, Harvey, Kansas, United States in 1940. He died on 11 March 2008, in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Buhler Municipal Cemetery, Buhler, Reno, Kansas, United States.

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Eldon Earl Ratzlaff
Dorothy B Williams
Marriage: 8 February 1942
Robert Ratzlaff

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8 February 1942


    Robert Ratzlaff


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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1927 · Kansas Adopts a Flag

Age 7

The flag of the State of Kansas was adopted on September 24, 1927. The flag was designed by Hazel Avery in 1925.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 24

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

German (Pomeranian): from the Slavic personal name Ratislav, composed of the elements rad- ‘joyful’ + slav ‘glory’, ‘fame’, ‘praise’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Eldon Rutzloff in household of J G Rutzloff, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Eldon E Ratzloff in household of John G Ratzloff, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Eldon E Ratzlaff, "United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012"

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