Richard A. Kratzer

July 23, 1930 - Aug. 11, 2018

Richard A. Kratzer, 88, Warrenton, Va., died Saturday.

He was born in Hollidaysburg, son of the late Raymond H. and Mereda F. Kratzer.

Surviving are his loving wife, Nancy M. Kratzer of Warrenton, Va., who was also his best friend and mentor through all 63 years of their marriage; a daughter, Debra Godfrey and husband, Dink, of Warrenton, Va.; five sons: Richard Jr. and wife, Lori, of Fauquier County, Va., Daniel of Manassas, Va., Karl and wife, Susan, of Richmond, Va., John and wife, Athena, of Fauquier County, Va., and Kenneth and wife, Tamara, of Prince William County, Va.; nine grandchildren: Rachael Mooney and husband, Todd, Christopher Quinn, Kyle and wife, Marie, Nicole, Lucas, Collin, Max, Kai and Erik Kratzer; and two great-grandchildren: Jackson and Eliza Mooney.

He was preceded in death by three sisters: Eleanor Walter, Evelyn Wisor and Joann Prysi; and two brothers: Raymond Jr. and Robert.

Shortly after graduating from Hollidaysburg High School, he left the Marine Reserves and enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge. He studied accounting at the University of Maryland and creative writing at Northern Virginia Community College. He was a master mason and member of the Scottish Rite. Richard joined the CIA in 1955 and retired after 34 years of service. In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and traveling, which included a 16-day trip up the Yangtze River in China with his wife – a 50th wedding anniversary gift from their children. But most of all he enjoyed his family.

Arrangements are by Moser Funeral Home Inc., 233 Broadview Ave., Warrenton, Va.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Richard A. Kratzer may take the form of contributions to John Hopkins Cancer Research Center.