Herman G. Kratz of Caro, age 94, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Carey’s Young at Heart AFC Home in Caro. Herman was born March 14, 1922 in Akron, the son of the late Herman John and Ethel (Gulliver) Kratz. His childhood was spent during the years of the Great Depression, and although he was a lifelong area resident, he moved 14 times as a child. In December 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II until his honorable discharge in 1945. Herman was united in marriage with the former Dorothy Dowker on February 25, 1947 in Angola, Indiana, and the couple has cherished more than 70 years together. Herman’s working years were spent with Saginaw Steering Gear in parts repair, a career that spanned over 33 years. He was a devout Christian and member of the Caro Free Methodist Church where he served as a song leader and Sunday school teacher. He was an accomplished musician who could play the fiddle, guitar, handsaw, spoons and harmonica. Having grown up farming, agriculture never really left Herman’s blood, and he enjoyed tending to his garden, caring for his lawn, and helping his children farm. He was deeply committed to his family, and will be remembered for his fun-loving, compassionate nature and dry sense of humor. Herman was a great story teller, avid reader, and was known to walk into a room whistling.
Herman is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Kratz of Caro; children, Carol Shaver (Robert Dietlein) of Bay City, David (Jeanette) Kratz of Kingston, Renee (Hans) Krause of Vassar, James (Cathy) Kratz of Caro, Douglas Kratz of Beech Island, South Carolina, Kevin Kratz of Munger; 11 grandchildren, Caroline Hubbard of Vassar, Gary (Diane) Shaver of Sandusky, Larry (Brandi) Kratz of Kingston, Jeremy (Jennifer) LaPratt of Vassar, Michael (Mary Margaret) Krause of Redmond, Washington, Heidi (Dusty) Weinzierl of Millington, Kerri (Nick) Hubbard of Vassar, Hannah (Chad) Lewis of Marquette, Seth Kratz (Katie Ramos) of Grand Rapids, Katherine Kratz (Allen Mills) of Warrenville, South Carolina, Nathan Kratz of Beech Island, South Carolina, Marissa Kratz, Morgan Kratz, and Konner Kratz, all of Munger; 2- great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Dean Kratz of Caro; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Herman was also preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters, Lynn Devere, Thurman, Charlie and Robert Kratz, Elaine Clinesmith, Janice Gould and Leo Kratz.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro with Chaplain Richard Barriger officiating. Burial will follow at the Indianfields Township Cemetery in Caro. The family will be present to receive friends on Sunday at the funeral home from 2-6 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Tuscola County Imagination Library or the donor’s favorite charity. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.