David J. Cratchy
David J. Cratchy, 74, of North
Fond du Lac, died Thursday March 28, 2019, at St. Agnes Hospital, due
to complications from kidney disease and cancer.
Dave was born March 18, 1945, a
son of John and Adeline (Boelke) Cratchy. He was a lifelong resident of
North Fond du Lac. He married Carol J. Druggish on April 18, 1970. Dave
worked at Mercury Marine from 1971 until his retirement in 2007.
Dave enjoyed hunting and fishing,
especially fishing on Lake Erie and Lake Winnebago, family camping at Pearl Lake
Campsites and was an avid Packer and Brewer fan. He was an active
member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #270, Fond du Lac for over 30
years, and the Eagles Anglers. He enjoyed preparing the potato pancakes
at the Anglers breakfasts during Lent, and the Kid’s Fishing Outing held on
Father’s Day. Dave, along with Daniel Thurke and Marlyn Glass started the
Fond du Lac Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 1984.
He served in the US Air Force and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Dave is survived by his wife of
48 years, Carol, two sons, Chip (Sandra) of Fond du Lac and Donald of
Stewartville, MN, five grandchildren; Casey, Emily (special friend
Nicholas Kimpel), Courtney all of Fond du Lac and Madelyn and Samantha of
Stewartville, MN, 4 great-grandchildren including Rhett Kimpel born on Dave’s
birthday this year. He is further survived by a brother, James A. (Cheryl)
Cratchy, North Fond du Lac, brother-in-law, Larry I. Rupert, Iola, WI,
sister-in-law, Diane (Roger) Balthazor of Bella Vista, AR, and a sister-in-law,
Eileen Druggish, Boulder, CO, nieces and nephews, Jeanne (Clarence) Gorter,
Steve (Linda) Rupert, Debbie (Michael) Jacquart, Malissa (Scott) Bonlender, Linda
(Ken) Sadorf, Steve (Tracy) Balthazor. He was preceded in death by his parents,
a sister Carol J. Rupert; his in-laws, Ralph and Mae Druggish, and a
brother-in-law, Thomas R. Druggish.
Visitation will be held on
Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 2-5 PM at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 N. Park
Ave, Fond du Lac, WI, 54935. Military honors will take place at the funeral
home at 5:00 PM. Cremation will follow.
Additional information and
guestbook can be found at ueckerwitt.com