Robert J. Kraatz

March 4, 1925July 17, 2013
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Robert James Kraatz was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 4, 1925 to Harry and Elsie Kraatz. He was one of 12 children. Robert passed away peacefully on July 17, 2013 in Novi, Michigan at the age of 88. Robert was a proud WWII Army Air Corps decorated veteran who lived in Farmington Hills, Michigan for many years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Nadine for almost 50 years until her death in 1996. Loving father "Pops" of Diane (Tom) Shay, The late Robert Lee, and The late David James. Dear grandpa of Kelly, Michelle, Michael, Jennifer, Shelly, Lee Ann, Dawn, Larry, Robby and Holly. Dear great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather of several.

Survived by 5 siblings: Dolores (the late Sam) Giannosa, Shirley (the late Leonard) Hyduk, Raymond (the late Bernice) Kraatz, Gordon Kraatz, and Harvey (the late Jo) Kraatz.

Predeceased by his parents, his wife, his two sons and his 6 siblings: Viola Wedge, Leona Lapek, Bernadine Krieger, Kenneth Kraatz, Ralph Kraatz, and Sherman Kraatz.

The family will receive friends for a Visitation on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 2-8pm. The Funeral Service will be at 11:00am, on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Harry J. Will Funeral Home 25450 Plymouth, Redford, MI 48239. (Just east of Beech Daly)

Robert will be laid to rest next to his wife in Livonia, Michigan at Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park Cemetery, with Committal Prayers and Military Honors by the United States Air Force Funeral Honors Team.

The Funeral Service and Committal Prayers will be led by Reverend Timothy P. Halboth of Grace Lutheran Church in Redford Township, Michigan.

Memorial Donations may be made in Robert's name to The Wounded Warrior Project, Mail to: P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or donate online at: or donations may also be made to Grace Lutheran Church 25630 Grand River Ave., Redford, Michigan 48240 (313)532-2266.


  • Visitation Friday, July 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 20, 2013
  • Committal Prayers & Military Honors Saturday, July 20, 2013

Robert J. Kraatz

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Diane Shay

August 11, 2013

I love you Pop and I'll miss you, but I know you are in Mom's arms again.

Patti Wright

July 23, 2013

I grew up watching him over the years. He used to stand and wave to the neighbors, as he got a little older he'd sit on his porch and wave. I will miss seeing him there. I'm so sorry for the family to have lost this special man.

Kelly and Tyler Seidel

July 20, 2013

What a great neighbor Bob was to us! We have many memories of sitting on his front porch listening to his stories of how wonderful his family is. We will miss our porch talks on cool summer nights.

Kathy Kraatz-Marx

July 20, 2013

I'll keep a light on for you in my heart.

Kathy Kraatz-Marx

July 20, 2013

Uncle Bobby, I will miss you sooo much, your laugh, smile and the jokes you use to tell... I will hold you, and your family in my heart forever... God speed.. Love Kathy Kraatz-Marx, and Robert Nehr.

Karen Jagodzinski

July 19, 2013

Thank you Pa Kraatz for all the childhood memories and being the Dad next door. You are deeply loved and will be missed until we meet again.