Frank J. Ratkowski
Frank J. Ratkowski, 91, Stevens Point, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at North Ridge Assisted Living while under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 26, at St. Peter Catholic Church, with the Rev. Arul Joseph V. officiating. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be in the St. Faustina Room of the church from 9 a.m. Tuesday until the Mass.
Memorials in his name may be given to Operation Bootstrap or
Ministry Hospice in Stevens Point.
Pisarski Funeral Homes & Crematory in Stevens Point and
Plover assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Ratkowski was born Feb. 12, 1924 in the town of Hull, a son of the late John and Regina (Firley)
Ratkowski. He grew up on the family farm and attended Glinski School and St.
Peter Elementary School.
As a young man, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps
from April 1941 until his discharge in July 1942.
He entered the U.S. Army Jan. 25, 1943, and was assigned to
the 475th Quartermaster Truck Regiment where he served for two years. In 1945,
he was assigned to the infantry and was sent to Luzon in the Philippines where
he served as a rifleman. He received a Good Conduct Medal, American Theater
Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal and the Philippine
Liberation Service Ribbon with 1 Silver Star. He was honorably discharged March
14, 1946, from U.S. Army Company “I,” 341st Infantry, with the rank of sergeant.
He was married to Joan Hrycyna Nov. 13, 1946, at St. Peter
Catholic Church. She died Aug. 3, 2002.
After the marriage, they settled in Stevens Point.
Mr. Ratkowski worked at Preway in Wisconsin Rapids for more
than 17 years. In 1964, he joined the maintenance mechanic staff at the University
of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He retired after 23 years.
He then became a neighborhood handyman, helping people with
their lawn mowers, snow blowers, small engines and other odd pieces of equipment.
Survivors include three children, Judy, Plover, and Jean and
Francis, both of California; one granddaughter, Kim Marie; nieces; and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers and one