Richard A. Kratzer, 88, of Warrenton, died August 11, 2018.
He was born July 23, 1930, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, to the late Raymond H. and Mereda F. Kratzer.
Shortly after graduating from Hollidaysburg Senior High School, he left the Marine Reserves, enlisted in the 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.
Mr. Kratzer joined the CIA in 1955 and retired after 34 years of service. In retirement, Mr. Kratzer enjoyed woodworking, gardening and traveling to include 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.
Survivors include his loving wife, Nancy M. Kratzer of Warrenton, who was also his best friend and mentor through all 63 years of their marriage; a daughter, Debra Godfrey and husband Dink of Warrenton; five sons, Richard Jr. and wife Lori of Fauquier County, Daniel of Manassas, Karl and wife Susan of Richmond, John and wife Athena of Fauquier County, Kenneth and wife Tamara of Prince William County; 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 and two brothers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 17, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. The service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 18, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Warrenton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Johns Hopkins Cancer Research Center in memory of Richard A. Kratzer.