George P. "Chip" Ratajik

Born: Sat., Jan. 8, 1944
Died: Tue., Dec. 15, 2015


Visitation

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 18, 2015
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Dec. 19, 2015
Location: St. James Lutheran Church


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 19, 2015
Location: St. James Lutheran Church


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GEORGE  "CHIP" RATAJIK

   George P. "Chip" Ratajik, 71, of Quincy, died at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday (December 15, 2015) in his home.

   Born January 8, 1944 in Cook County, Illinois, George was the son of George P. and Violet Gorgen Ratajzik Sr.  He married Peggy Fanelli on March 12, 1977 in Athens, Ohio. She survives.
  
   Mr. Ratajik earned his Bachelors Degree at Quincy College and his Masters Degree in Psychology from Tulsa University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He was instrumental in the founding of the Psychology Department at Quincy College where he taught and served as Head of the department from 1968 to 1974.  In 1974, he moved to Athens, Ohio and became the C.O.O. for Tri County Mental Health and Counseling, a position he held until his retirement in 2009, when he and Peggy moved back to Quincy.

   Chip was an avid fisherman and sportsman. He was a member of the South East Ohio Bass Club and was named Mr. Bass 3 times spanning three decades. Chip also shared his love for sports, coaching many of his children's teams.

   Survivors include his wife, Peggy; his mother, Violet Ratajzik of Quincy; two sons, Todd L. Ratajik of Austin, TX and Ryan P. Ratajik of Charleston, S.C.; two sisters, Dianne Drinan (Mick) of Ottawa, IL and Pamm Lord (Joe) of Plainville, IL; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Ratajik was preceded in death by his father.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 in St. James Lutheran Church by the Rev. Marlin Rempfer.  Private inurnment will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

   Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and Saturday morning from 10:00 until the time of services at St. James Lutheran Church.

   Memorials may be made to the Quincy Chapter Alzheimer's Association.

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Jean Goodman
   Posted Wed December 16, 2015
Dear Peggy, sons and family. I am so grieved to hear of Chip's passing. He was a dear friend. I have missed his presence at our agency. He was instrumental in hiring me 35 years ago. May God bless you and comfort you during this sad time. Stay just as strong as you have been, (((Peggy))).
Jeannie Goodman

Pete Prunkl
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
Peggy and all the Ratajik family: Chip hired me in 1970 for a teaching position at then-Quincy College. He took a chance on a guy who was doing research and had taught only a couple introductory psychology courses. I will be forever grateful to Chip for that decision. I knew he had moved to Ohio after QC but I did not realize he returned to Quincy after retirement. I grieve his passing. He was a wise colleague, a man who spoke his mind and a superb teacher. And I understand an equally superb bass fisherman. My sympathies to Peggy and his family. Chip educated a marvelous and diverse group of psychologists and psychology majors.

Hugh and Linda Richardson
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
Dear Peggy, we are saddened, and our hearts go out to you and your children. We have fond memories of Chip and his enthusiastic support of soccer. Those were fun days, weren't they? I also so appreciated Chip's kind support, humor and persistence at Tri-County when things were not going quite right for me and others in the office. He was a delightful man. Please accept our hugs and prayers.

Much love, Hugh and Linda

George and Irene Weigly
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
Dear Peggy, Todd, Ryan and family,
Irene and I are deeply saddened at Chip's passing. We grieve with you and pray that God will comfort all of you. Chip was my right arm at Tri-County for 30 years. I could never have done my job without him as COO. I told him that on more than one occasion but I'm not sure he believed me. Most people don't know the sacrifices he made to help Tri-County grow and prosper. I often felt he was the most important person the agency ever had. I've posted one of my favorite photos...it was after Chip retired and came back for Terry and Jim's retirement party. May God bless all of you and may He hold Chip in the palm of His hand.
Love,
George and Irene

Jonathan Sowash
   Posted Fri December 18, 2015
Dear Peggy: Only the remaining bass population are not saddened by Chip's passing. Chip was a good friend and an inspirational colleague. His life's work here in Athens always made all the pieces fit and work together in providing kind and client focused behavioral health care services to all; year after year; helping more and more people in need; somehow finding ways to stretch too little funding to do so much; and making sure that it was fun and that we cared well for each other along the way. All the best to you and your sons - Jon Sowash

Julia Hernandez
   Posted Sat December 19, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss. I personally have known the loss of a mother and grandmother, and the pain can seem overwhelming. I found comfort in Acts 24:15, where it says: "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous."
We will see our loved ones again! Jehovah God will resurrect them. I hope this brings some comfort to you in this time of sadness.

Chris Hedderick
   Posted Mon December 21, 2015
Dear Peggy, Todd and Ryan,

I just heard of Chip's passing today - I am so sorry for all of you - I know that watching somone you love have the difficulties he must have had is trying - but, I hope you can find strength in your wonderful memories....

When I first heard the thoughts that went through my mind and heart were: the numerous amounts of support I received from him when in Vinton Co., all those Christmas parties in various places, how supportive he was when I was "transferred" to the Logan Clinic when he was the director there - and his humor, he could always find a positive an humerous side to most anything...he was fun to be around and he would often try to find solutions to situations where I thought there were none...

I know you will miss him, and though that won't go away, it will get easier to remember - I know that doesn't help much now - lean on each other and find peace in the memories

Roger Hruska
   Posted Sun December 27, 2015
Peggy, Todd, and Ryan we are so sadden by Chip's loss he was a great father, husband, psychologist, and fisherman. We will never forget all the good times we had visiting with you over the holidays. Patty took Joe and Judy up to visit in Ohio and I remember Paducah what a lovely area. We had some great talks and I will cherish our memories with you.

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