John Norman ‘Trapper’ Kraatz 


July 18, 1939 - Sept. 1, 2009




John Norman “Trapper” Kraatz of the town of Richmond passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at his residence. He was 70 years old.


John was born July 18, 1939, in Milwaukee, the son of Norman and Edna (nee Lippert) Kraatz.


John served his country in the U.S. Army for more than three years. He retired from the Waukesha Fire Department as a lieutenant after 35 years of service.


Survivors include his wife, Susan Knoblock Kraatz; his sister, Barbara Kraatz; his children, Jon (Jane) Kraatz, Debra (Gene) Clark, Diane (Mark) Behling and Jeffery (Paula) Kraatz; his stepchildren, Herman Knoblock, Margaret (John) Brunover and Marvin Knoblock (Jenny Schroeder); 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. 


John was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Michael Clark.


Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the 4 p.m. family eulogy Saturday, Sept. 5, at Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral Home, 315 Main St. (Highway ES), Mukwonago. Interment with military honors will take place privately at Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King.


Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at