January 4, 1956 - March 18, 2018
Gary Lee Ratkovec, 62, of Lincoln, died March 18, 2018. Gary was born January 4, 1956, in David City, to Darlene Diekmann and Lumir Ratkovec. Gary attended North Bend High School until 1972. He graduated from Meridian High School in 1974 in Tobias. After High School he worked around the Tobias area as a farmhand. In 1977 he started working in Crete at Farmland and worked there for 12 years.
In 1990 he moved to Lincoln where he worked multiple jobs doing construction. In 1994 he started at TMCO as a machinist and worked there for 12 years until he started a cleaning business, Cobra Cleaning. Gary enjoyed playing pool and was in multiple pool leagues for several years. He was noted by many players as one of the best in Lincoln. Another great passion of his was his '98 Mustang Cobra. He maintained “The Cobra” in immaculate condition and entered it in several car shows throughout the years. This usually resulted in him bringing home a trophy.
Survivors include daughters, Billie Jo Ninneman, Clatonia, Brandi Rae Hile, Phoenix, Ariz., Megan (Austin) Phipps, Lincoln; grandchildren, Aubrey, Valerie, Amaya, Mia and Alexander; brother, Don (Donna) Diekmann, Beaver Crossing; sisters, Sandra Bartels, Lincoln, Brenda (Johnny Ung) Brakhage-Ung; Monica (Dan) Eaton, O'Neill. Preceded in death by parents, brother, Alan (Skeeter) Ratkovec, step-mother, Elsie Ratkovec, grandparents, niece, Tina Ratkovec, nephew, Brooks Brakhage and cousin, Billy Kozisek.
Celebration of life gathering will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Metcalf Funeral Home, 245 N. 27th St., Lincoln, NE 68503. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or Tabitha Hospice. Condolences at metcalffuneralservices.com