William J. Kratt

May 28, 2013

William J. Kratt, 82, of La Crosse died May 28th, 2013 at Clare Bridge care facility.Bill was born May 7, 1931 in Milwaukee, WI to Joseph and Lumina (Harmon) Kratt. His parents later moved to La Crosse where his father started Kratt Lumber Company.Bill graduated with honors from Aquinas High School in the class of ’49 where he played on the football and golf teams. He went on to college initially at UCLA on a ROTC scholarship, and the next year received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1954.  He flew P2V Neptune’-s in the Aleutian islands of Alaska patrolling U.S. airspace during the cold war.  At that point, he and Maureen moved their growing family back to La Crosse where he went to work for Hackner, Schroeder & Associates.  Kratt Associates was responsible for the design of many commercial buildings in La Crosse.  Bill was a past president of the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce and an active member of Blessed Sacrament parish. Bill loved his family, his dogs, golf, fishing and spending Sundays at the cottage with his family.  He had a special fondness for all of the animals in his life, and he could always be found surrounded by several canine companions. He will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.Bill is survived by Maureen, his loving and dedicated wife of 59 years, a daughter and five sons, LuAnne Kratt of La Crosse;  Samuel and Sarah Lu Kratt of La Crescent; Zachary and Madison Kratt of La Crosse; and three great-grandchildren, William Hans Kratt,  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday June 1st at 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 130 Losey Blvd. S. in La Crosse, Rev. David Olson will officiate with interment to be in the Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Aquinas Catholic Schools or Blessed Sacrament Parish.

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