Vernon “Vern” Ed Kratchmer, age 81, of Osage, died peacefully Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Osage, Iowa.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Osage with Pastor Julie Schubert presiding. Burial will be in the Osage Cemetery with military honors at the grave by Osage American Legion Post 278 and Osage V.F.W. Post 7920. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage. Following the services, the family will greet guests and share a meal in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Home in Osage, First United Methodist Church in Osage or the charity of your choice.
Vern was born on June 27, 1935, in Plainfield, Iowa, the son of Eddie and Renelda (Atkinson) Kratchmer. He graduated from Charles City High School in Charles City, Iowa. Vern was a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force for five years, including serving his country in the Korean War. He then received political science undergraduate and Juris Doctor (law) degrees from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Upon graduation, he worked as an attorney for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Vern then entered a law practice with Ray G. Cummings in Osage, becoming partner after two years. After operating a solo law practice for many years, he and the late Murray Kloberdanz joined forces forming Kratchmer & Kloberdanz. Vern retired in 2014 after practicing law for an impressive 52 years.
Vern was always active in community affairs. In addition to once serving as City Attorney for the town of Mitchell, he served on the Osage Board of Adjustment, Osage Industrial Development Corp., Habitat for Humanity, North Iowa Planning Council, Chamber of Commerce, and the Osage Community Schools Capital Improvements Committee. Vern was also a member of the Osage Jaycees, Sunny Brae Golf and Country Club, Rotary Club, Osage American Legion Post 278, Osage V.F.W. Post 7920, First United Methodist Church, and the Osage Precisionnaires Drum and Bugle Corps. He served as legal counsel and/or an officer on occasion for many of these groups.
Vern was united in marriage with Sally Johnke on June 11, 1960, in Dixon, Illinois. Vern loved spending time with his family, fishing, boating, reading, music, following his Iowa Hawkeyes athletic teams, chocolate, and sharing a good laugh with friends and family.
Vern is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sally Kratchmer of Osage; a son, John (Terri) Kratchmer of Madison, Wisconsin; daughters, Lori Kratchmer (Greg Thorp) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Lisa Ketterling (Mike Eggert) of Rochester, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Nicholas Kratchmer, Kali Ketterling and Kyle Kratchmer; a brother, Dean (Sharon) Kratchmer; a sister-in-law, Kerry Kratchmer; and multiple nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Renelda Kratchmer; an infant son; a sister, Elaine Hirschler; and a brother, Perry Kratchmer.
The family thanks the wonderful staff at the Faith Lutheran Home for all their loving care during Vern’s time there.
Information available and condolences accepted at www.champion-bucheitfuneralhome.com
Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage (641) 732-3706