Robert A. Kratz, 83
Dec. 28, 1931 -- Dec. 24, 2015 

Robert A. Kratz, 83Robert A. “Bob” Kratz, 83, of West Bend passed away Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. 

Bob was born Dec. 28, 1931, in Ackerville to Edwin A.F. and Catherine (nee Albert) Kratz. He graduated from Slinger High School, class of 1950. He married Elinor (nee Stoffel) on May 16, 1953, at St. Mathias in Nabob. Elly was the love of his life for more than 68 years. Bob enjoyed spending time with his family. He was the kids’ and grandchildrens’ No. 1 fan at their sporting events.

 Bob took great pride in watching the future generations continue to grow the legacy of “Kratz Farms.” He also enjoyed seeing the country while driving his semi. In retirement, Bob and Elly also spent time in Florida with family and friends and enjoyed snowmobiling in Eagle River. Another favorite hobby was hunting with family and friends. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Slinger. 

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Elly; children, Richard (Ann) Kratz, James (Barbara) Kratz, Darlene (Allen) Emmer, Gary (special friend Kris) Kratz, Noreen (Ken) Rossi, and Mary (Jeff) Trunk; grandchildren, Richard (Melissa) Kratz Jr., Robert (Nicole) Kratz, Katie Kratz, Steve Kratz, Stephanie (Rick) Steinbach, Bridget (Justin) Schwartz, Bryan Emmer, Janine Emmer, Kevin (Mindy) Emmer, Jason Kratz, Jennifer Milosch, Mike (Sierra) Milosch, Ryan (Andrea) Rossi, Kyle Rossi, Tony Rossi, Jordan Trunk and Karissa Trunk; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Abigail, Abel, Connor, Bailey, Brandon, Kallen, Kashton, Mayla, Ryder and two little angels on the way; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Jerry, son-in-law Mike Milosch, brothers, sisters and in-laws. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at St. Peter Catholic Church (200 E. Washington St., Slinger) with the Rev. Richard J. Stoffel presiding. Visitation will be at the church only Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 3 p.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Robert A. Kratz Love of the Game Athletic Scholarship Fund for Slinger High School. 

A special thank you to Dr. Patel, the ER staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital of West Bend, Dr. Nacieda, Dr. Leo, Dr. Gajic, Dr. Herdrich, Dr. Lacy and Kelly, Comfort Keepers, Allay Hospice and The Pavilion of Slinger. 

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online at