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Luke "Buddy" Ratcliff

October 23, 1922 — April 16, 2015

Luke Byron Ratcliff, 92, of Elliottville, formerly of Floyd County, Kentucky, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Life Care Center of Morehead.

He was known as “Buddy” or “Daddy Buddy” by all who loved him.

Buddy was born on October 23, 1922 in Floyd County, Kentucky, a son of the late William “Bill” Riley Ratcliff and Grace Dingus Ratcliff.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Cleo Ratcliff who died in infancy, and Vio Gallagher.

He leaves behind to mourn his death his wife of 68 years, Ramona “Mommy Moe” Sauber Ratcliff to whom he was sealed to for time and eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple, sons, Ken and Steve Ratcliff, and daughter, Kathy Horton, all of Elliottville, daughter, Angie Carriere of Sevierville, Tennessee, ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Buddy was a life long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and attended church in Owingsville, Kentucky.  He was a talented musician who played fiddle, bass and guitar with the likes of Little Jimmy Dickens, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis and many others.  Later in life he enjoyed accompanying his grandchildren, Kentucky Country for 5 years in Las Vegas and around the world.  He was a gifted violin maker and restorer of fine old instruments and shared his talents with his sons.  He loved animals, especially his little dog Chi Chi, beautiful music, a good coal fire and making music with his family.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Private family services will be conducted.

Burial will be in the Ratcliff Family Cemetery in Elliottville.

There is no visitation.

Michael R. Gray Funeral Home is caring for all arrangements.


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