Rev. Howard M. Ratcliff died on Aug. 11, 2013, at the age of 76. He was a pastor in Tiffin and Bowling Green, Ohio prior to becoming associate regional minister and eventually regional pastor and president from 1980 to 2003. In addition to his long service in Ohio, Ratcliff served on a number of Disciples general ministry boards and commissions including a dialogue group with the Russian Orthodox church among the trusteeships for Pension Fund, Christian Theological Seminary, Hiram College and other mission trips and memberships. He earned his BA at Texas Christian University and MDiv at Yale Divinity School. Memorial contributions may be made to Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland, Ohio; Hiram College; the Pension Fund or the Christian Church in Ohio.