NEGLEY – Eli “Zeke” Ratkovich IV, 33, of Negley, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013.
He was born March 9, 1980 in Weirton, W.Va. He was a son of Eli “Butch” Ratkovich III of Negley and Lori Fisher Kirtley of Columbiana.
Zeke graduated in 1998 from East Palestine High School and was a fitter for Reichard Industries.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Tracey Rae Ratkovich; paternal grandmother, Ruth Ratkovich and a maternal grandfather, Harvey Fisher.
Beside his parents, he is survived by his wife, Jessica Davis Ratkovich of Ohio; three sisters, Heather (Jesse) Burroughs of Ohioville, Kalin Ratkovich of Negley and Anastasia Kirtley of Columbiana; a brother, Jacob Ratkovich of Negley; nieces and nephews, Brooke, Kylie, Tyler and Adalee; paternal grandfather, Eli Ratkovich Jr. of Industry; maternal grandmother, Betty L. Fisher of Chester, and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Nixon Funeral Home in Newell, with funeral service at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
Burial will follow at Shadow Lawn Memory Gardens, Newell, W.Va..