Dr. Richard J. Kratochvil


Dr. Richard J. Kratochvil, age 92, died at sunrise Aug. 18, 2019, at the countryside home of his daughter, Nancy. A fourth generation Traverse City Kratochvil, he was born Aug. 16, 1927 to Julius and Ellen (Courtade) Kratochvil.
He was a well respected veterinarian, and beloved by his family, friends and community.
After graduating from Traverse City Central High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving with the Fifth Air Force in the South Pacific.
After military service, Dick attended the University of Wisconsin, South Dakota State College, and graduated from Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1952.
In 1952, he co-established Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital, a certified American Animal Hospital Association clinic. He was a lifelong member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, where he served on the Ethics Committee from 1964-1968. After his retirement, Dick thoroughly enjoyed his part-time position at Cherrybend Animal Hospital, working with his former mentee and good friend, Dr. Dan Aja.
Dick is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Jean (Taylor) Kratochvil; his daughters, Ann (Tom) Post, Sue (Bernie) Moritz, Carol Kratochvil, Nancy Hogue, Marie (Jim) Petges; grandchildren, Benjamin (Liz), Michael (Arielle), Natalie (Bobby), Evan, Katie, Peter, Shannae, Marcus, Jenny, Tony, Rachel, Kyle and Christopher; and great-grandchildren, James, Perla, Frances, Lucille, and Davis. He is also survived by his sisters, Eileen Milner, Clara (George) McManus, Luella Wilson, Naomi (Jerry) Benton; sister-in-law, Janet Chouinard; and former sons-in-law, Jim Davis and Jeremy Hogue.
Dick was predeceased by his parents; brother, Charles; brothers-in-law, Robert Milner and Abbot Wilson; and grandson, Marquice Hogue.
Dick was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, serving as an usher and Eucharistic Minister. He also served on the Building Committee for St. Francis High School, as a charter member of the Board of Education of Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools and as a board member of Northwestern Michigan College Campus Ministry.
He was brilliant, kind, witty and generous, a lifelong learner, avid reader, devoted family man and animal lover. He enjoyed tennis, golf, fishing, reading, sudoku, and discussing politics.
The family is incredibly grateful to Hospice of Michigan for their loving care of Dick and his family over the past four months.
Donations may be made in Dick's name to Cherryland Humane Society, Father Fred Foundation, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
In honor of Dr. Kratochvil's lifelong devotion to animals, the family would be pleased if you brought your pets to the visitation on Friday, Aug. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. There will be a rosary prayed at 7 p.m.
The funeral will be held at Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m., with Gary Hogue officiating. There will be a visitation preceding the funeral from 9 to 10 a.m.
Dick and his family are in the care of the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Share a memory of Dick at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
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Christopher Petges
Aug 22, 2019
Sweet Tenderness was purchased for the family of Dr. Richard J. Kratochvil by Christopher Petges.  Send flowers
Aug 22, 2019
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Dr Al Lynch
Aug 22, 2019
Many fond memories of my early practice days in TC. Dr K was always so kind and willing to share his knowledge. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Aug 22, 2019
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Mike & Carol Albaugh
Aug 21, 2019
Dear Ann, Tom and family,
We are with you in spirit and know how much you’ll miss your Dad and Grandfather. He certainly lived an admirable life and has a wonderful family. Wishing you a million amazing memories, God’s love and the support of your many family members and friends.
Love and hugs,
Mike & Carol
Dr Kevin Stewart
Aug 21, 2019
Dr Kratochvil was also my mentor after Dr Aja. I truly believe what I learned from him and his help assisted me going to vet school. He was a great man and great doctor. He will be missed but he touched SO many lives. My thoughts are with the family at this time.
Michelle Mqck
Aug 21, 2019
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Jessica Coles
Aug 21, 2019
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