Aaron “Thirsty” Neal Ratliff, 45, of Romney, WV, died suddenly on Saturday, December 8th at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, MD.
Born in Winchester, VA on November 30, 1973, he is preceded in death by his father, Arthur “Art” William Ratliff (d. March 31, 2017).
Aaron is survived by his mother, Linda Neal Ratliff of Romney; his daughter, Charlie Piper Ratliff; his brother, Barry M. Ratliff and wife Anita; and his two nephews, Mason and Landon Ratliff, all of Romney.
Aaron was raised and grew up on Jersey Mountain, graduating with the class of 1992 from Hampshire High. He started working, by his own desires, at a very early age and never stopped. Melzak’s farm is an early memory where he worked at building and fixing fences. As time progressed, he wound up working construction at Carlin’s and Tim Hurt Masonry and several other organizations. Following the construction efforts, Aaron became an apprentice Pipefitter attending trade school and working full time. This led to becoming a Journeyman Pipefitter. Aaron enjoyed many pursuits; cars, trucks, 4-wheeling, motorcycles, and finding a good deal. Many hours were spent as a free spirit on his bike. Trips, family, and friends (who became like family members to him) were a major part of his life and undoubtedly what he enjoyed the most, until Charlie.
Charlie changed his life and became the center of his universe. She changed him as a person. He was now a dad and that changed every priority. He still loved the things he always did, but she made him a different person. As with anything Aaron ever did, if he couldn’t give 100%, he didn’t do it, and Charlie was no exception. He delighted in her and all they did together. Even as a baby, she was his playmate and he loved every second and so did she. With Aaron as her dad, she quickly became familiar with 4-wheeling and many of life’s pleasures in the great outdoors, and Aaron loved it all.
Aaron was a quiet and somewhat private man who, if he called you a friend, you had the best the world has to offer. He was a member of the Romney First United Methodist Church and a Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). He leaves behind many broken hearts and will be deeply missed.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 4 to 7PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney and from 10 to 11AM on Thursday, December 13th, at the Covenant Baptist Church (Mt. Top, Romney) where the funeral service will begin at 11AM with Pastor Dale Myers, Rev. Dr. Roy Knight, and Pastor Dan Stoltzfus officiating.
Interment will follow at Branch Mountain Cemetery, Three Churches, WV.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Warm the Children ~ P.O. Box 496 ~ Romney, WV 26757 or to the: Wounded Warrior Project ~ P.O. Box 758517 ~ Topeka, KS 66675 / www.woundedwarriorproject.org / 855.448.3997
Please direct inquires to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511