Robert Ratcliff
February 12, 1949 - November 18, 2023

Robert Ratcliff

Robert Ratcliff
Feb 12, 1949 - Nov 18, 2023

Robert Ratcliff

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Robert Ratcliff, 74, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at Mercy Hospital ICU, Iowa City.

Funeral services are pending. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at Memorials may be made to It Takes a Village Animal Rescue:

Bob was born on February 12, 1949, in Muscatine, the son of Bruce and Ellamae Demorest Ratcliff. He married Denise Cummings, who preceded him in death. He later married Cheryl Gillmore in May of 2020.

He graduated from Muscatine High School in 1967, attended Muscatine Community College and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 1974 as a compounding pharmacist. Bob worked for Rite Aid, Giant, and Drug Fair, all in Northern Virginia, retiring in 2014.

Bob was a member of the Masons. He was the drummer for The Rogues, a popular 1960 Muscatine band. His love of all music genres continued throughout his life. He enjoyed building model ships and was a forever dog lover.

Bob is survived by his wife, Cheryl; three sons, James Cummings and two grandchildren, Nathan and Kenneth Ratcliff; two siblings, Nick Ratcliff and Beth Ratcliff Koch; and his French Bulldog, Poppy Dot.

He is preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Denise.


Doug and Judy Maxwell on Nov 22, 2023

Dear Nick & Beth-Doug and I are sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. How fortunate that the three of you were together before he suddenly became ill. We can’t begin to imagine your loss but hope the time you were together made more memories to help you during this difficult time. In deepest sympathy and friendship. Doug and Judy

Kathy Miller on Nov 20, 2023

Dear Beth & Nick,

Thinking of you during this difficult time. I have so many fond memories of hanging out at the Ratcliff house during our junior high and high school years. Loved listening to him play the drums in The Rogues. May fond and loving memories of Bobby bring you peace and comfort in the coming days. Much love, Kathy Chandler Miller

Sheila and Fred Lepley on Nov 20, 2023

Our sincere condolences to Cheryl, Nick, Beth and all of the family! Bob and I go back a very long time, as our parents were friends long before we were even born! May he rest in peace! Sending hugs and prayers for everyone! Sheila and Fred

Jan Griesenbrock on Nov 20, 2023

My sincere condolences to Cheryl and family. We have known each other for many years shared Virginia residences for a short time. May peace be with you now and forever.

William Coram on Nov 20, 2023

Thinking of you all at your time of loss. Special condolences To Beth.



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