Virgil "Jack" Ratta, 87, of Freedom Drive, Plattsburgh, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, at Adirondack Health Center.
He was born in Chazy, N.Y., on Aug. 18, 1932, the son of Julius and Bertha (Martin) Ratta. Jack graduated from Chazy Central Rural School June 22, 1951.
He entered the U.S. Army on July 3, 1951, as a PVT and Retired Honorably after 22 years as a 1st Sergeant. Some of the courses taken while in the Service: High Speed Radio Operator, Radio Teletype Operator, NCO, Area Communications Systems, Company Administration Personnel, Code of Conduct, Types of Discharge and other courses such as on line college courses. Jack earned many medals, commendations, and campaign ribbons. Jack was stationed in Germany, France, Belgium, Korea, Vietnam and the U.S.
After the Military he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a Window Supervisor in Plattsburgh then Post Master in Schuyler Falls, N.Y., for a total of 18 years; during that time he attended Postal Academy for Postmaster.
Jack was proud to be a foster parent with his wife for many, fostering 55 children between Plattsburgh and Florida.
He was a NY Giants fan, avid reader and loved crossword puzzles.
Survivors include his loving wife of 27 years, Nancy (Paolucci) Ratta of Plattsburgh; his son, Zachery Francis of Plattsburgh; three stepchildren and their spouses; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law, and nieces and nephews in NY and Canada.
Jack was predeceased by his parents, a stepchild, and several brothers and sisters.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, with a funeral to follow at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel.
Donations may be made to Clinton County Foster Care Program.
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Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, Plattsburgh.
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Published on September 3, 2019
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Ginny Giguere
Sep 10, 2019
Virgil was my Supervisor at the post office in Plattsburgh.
Sep 06, 2019
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Toni & Mike Ryan
Sep 06, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for you all.
Brittany Irwin
Sep 06, 2019
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