Eugene J. Kratz, 87, formerly of Crescent Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Tuesday morning, April 30, 2013, at Riverstreet Manor, where he had been a resident since June 2010.
Born in Wilkes-Barre on July 5, 1925, Gene was the son of the late Andrew and Caroline Endler Kratz. He attended Meyers High School.
Gene was a veteran of World War II
, serving two tours with the U.S. Army
. He was awarded the Combat Infantry, Bronze Star
, Purple Heart
and Good Conduct medals.
He retired from Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was an expert in furniture upholstery, operating his own business in his home for more than 30 years.
Gene loved cookouts, fishing and spending time with his family. He loved animals and enjoyed spoiling his "grandpets." Most of all, he enjoyed watching his grandsons grow and attending all the sports they participated in.
He was a member of the former St. Therese's Church, Wilkes-Barre.
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Florence Nesbitt Kratz, in May 2011. Also preceding him in death were brothers, Andrew, Aloysius, Francis, Alfred, Joseph and Charles, and sisters, Catherine, Caroline, Martina, Elizabeth and Rosemary.
Surviving are his two daughters, Joyce O'Neill and her husband, Robert, Harveys Lake; and Joan Hoggarth and her husband, Richard, Hanover Township; and grandsons, Richard and Jason Hoggarth, his two buddies. He is also survived by one brother, Leo, and many nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Friday from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverstreet Manor Activities Fund, 440 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.