SIDNEY - George C. Kratt, 84, formerly of Sidney, passed away Dec. 31, 2012, after suffering a stroke on Dec. 20 at Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Greensboro, N.C. It is only fitting that George entered his heavenly world on New Year's Eve, a day before the anniversary of when he entered the world on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 1928, in Troy, to the late Harry and Eda (Schneeberger) Kratt.
He was preceded in death by his sisters and their spouses, Barbara (William) Dicke and Mary (Elmer) Newman. Also preceding him in death was the love of his life, Kathryn (Kay) Loy Kratt, who died Oct. 6, 2011. They were married Feb. 20, 1955, in Kettlersville and enjoyed 56 years of marriage. Without Kay, George lost his compass and passion for life. During their courtship, his love letters expressed a rule of never spending eight hours apart.
George enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Aug. 29, 1945 at the age of 17 and served until 1949. He served in the infantry in Pacnaw Island, China and later at the Pentagon. On July 1, 1950, George joined the Dayton, Power & Light Co. where he was employed as a lineman until his retirement as a regional manager on Sept. 1, 1989. His employment moved the family from Sidney to Troy, then to Coldwater and full circle back to Sidney where he amassed a large circle of friends and coworkers.
George was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge. He was an active Sidney City Council member and served 20 years on the Sidney Recreation Board. Kratt Baseball Field in Sidney is named in his honor. He was a member of the Singing Soldiers, the Methodist Choir and Fairington Choir. He was very active in the Sidney United Methodist Church. In his spare time, George enjoyed golf or heckling golfers at his beloved Shelby Oaks. He also created the Vincent Fuddpucker Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of a fallen lineman.
George is survived by his children: Andrew (Laurin) Kratt of Lone Tree, Colo., Lora (Steve) Snyder of Greensboro, N.C., and Amy (John) Fischer of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and five grandchildren: Adam Kratt, Kaitlyn Snyder, Kelly Snyder, Jillian Fischer and Grace Fischer. He is also survived by Jeanne Loy, Ruth Braun, Doris Westerbeck, Marilyn and Jim North and numerous nieces and nephews. Also preceding him in death were brothers-in-aw: Robert Braun, Warren Loy and Robert Westerbeck.
In May 2012, he moved to Spring Arbor Assisted Living of Greensboro, N.C., where he charmed the staff with his humor. The family is extremely grateful for their love and support as he left his human life for his heavenly life.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Sidney First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jane Madden officiating. Burial will be at Pearl Cemetery in Swanders. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave.
The family suggests that memorials be made to to the Sidney United Methodist Church in memory of George Kratt. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kratt family at Cromes Funeral Home's website, www.cromesfh.com.
Published in Sidney Daily News on Jan. 1, 2013