John Kratcha (90) passed away on July 15, 2011 after a brave three-year fight with colon cancer. He was born to John and Edith Kratcha on his father’s birthday, June 26, 1921 in Chester, Montana.
As a youngster, John moved a number of times in Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and Washington. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during the early 1940’s. During the mid 1940’s, John married Helen Houson and they had a son, David, and a daughter, Kathy. They were divorced in 1961. John worked Civil Service at N.A.D. Kitsap Lake, WA; Keyport Base, Keyport, and at Bangor Base in Silverdale/Poulsbo. In the late 1950’s through 1960, John and his first wife, Helen, owned Park Avenue Pet and Supply Store in Bremerton.
On April 25, 1969, after going together eight years, John married Alvina “Dolly” L. Clark in Shelton, where they lived for about three years. Then they moved to Silverdale to a home he owned there. In 1983, after retiring from Civil Service, John and Alvina and their son, John, moved to Colville after buying the old Burl Warren farm on Finley Gulch. There they raised cattle and alfalfa hay for many years.
John loved to hunt and fish since his childhood in Montana. He also liked to smoke the fish his family caught.
John was preceded in death by his parents; by his brothers, Ray and Walt Kratcha of Shelton and their wives; his sisters, Cecelia Hanson of Minnesota and Alice Cary of Arizona, and by their husbands. In April, John and Alvina also lost their son John J. Kratcha.
John is survived by his wife, Alvina Kratcha, Colville; his son, David Kratcha, Poulson; his daughter, Kathy Kratcha, Bremerton; his grandsons, Jeff Arnold, Joseph “Joey” Kratcha, John A. Kratcha, Gunner Kratcha, Dylan Kratcha and Ethan Kratcha; his grand-daughters, Morgan Arnold and Emma Arnold; his brother, Glen Kratcha, Shelton, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
At John’s request, there will be no service. He and his son’s ashes will be interred in his father’s grave at a later date in Shelton.
Memorial contributions may be given to our local food bank in John’s name.
The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville was entrusted with arrangements.