Born September 8, 1928, in Clear Spring, MD, he was the son of the late William Henry Kratz and Ellen Frances (Kline) Kratz.
Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II.
He attended St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Clear Spring.
Bill retired from Pangborn in Hagerstown and was previously employed with Fairchild. After retirement, Bill and his wife, Betty, enjoyed buying and selling antiques together.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty (Moore) Kratz; two daughters, Stephanie Metcalf (Dave) and Lisa E. Kratz; a son, William T. Kratz Jr. (Sherri); a grandson, Bryan W. Kratz; step grandchildren, Jennifer Dunn and Jason Metcalf; and a great-grandson, Duke J. Kratz.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Higgins and Jane Everett; and a grandson, Thomas J. Kratz.
There will be no viewing or visitation.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Clear Spring Ambulance Club, P.O. Box 61, Clear Spring, MD 21722 or plant a tree in Bill’s memory with the National Forest Foundation at www.nationalforests.org.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfhinc.com.
Donald Edwin Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the family.