Joseph (Joe) Kratochvil, 85, passed peacefully on May 21,2010 while surrounded by his family at his home in Billings. He was a longtime resident of Pompey’s Pillar before moving to Billings in 1992.
Joe was born March 7, 1925 in Pompey’s Pillar the fourth child to Vaclav and Agnes (Horkey) Kratochvil.
Joe was preceded in death by his sister Helen Parker and brothers George and Jimmy. He is survived by his sister Mary Jo (AI) Schultz of Miles City and sisters in law, Thelma and Vi.
He graduated from Huntley Project High School in 1943. Joe served in the United States Army during WWII. After discharge from the Army, Joe returned to Pompey’s Pillar where he farmed. In 1949, he became a rural mail carrier for the United States Post Office. He retired after 39 years of service and continued farming until moving to Billings. Upon moving to Billing, Joe worked for Sundown Security at West Park Plaza Mall.
On November 16, 1950 Joe married the love of his life June Strobbe at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. They were blessed with four children, Terry, Karen, Michele, and John. Joe and June were married for 59 ½ years. Joe was a member of St. Bernard’s Parish, the Knights of Columbus at St. Bernard’s, the American Legion of Custer, Montana, and the Montana Rural Letter Carriers Association.
Joe is survived by his wife, June; children Terry (Cindy), St. John’s Florida, Karen (Gary) Hutchinson, Helena, Michele (Joe) Trottier, Billings, and John (Paula), Billings. His memory will be carried on through his grandchildren, Joey Trottier, Casey Hutchinson, Ryan Kratochvil, Luke McMillan, Tyler Trottier, Kiel Hutchinson, Scott Kratochvil, Michael Kratochvil, Kendra Hutchinson, and Cole Kratochvil.
Vigil Services will be held at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 25. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 26, both services at St. Bernard’s Parish. Rite of Committal will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. The casket will be open for visitation prior to vigil and mass only. Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice.
The family of Joe Kratochvil would like to thank the staff of Riverstone Health Hospice, the staff at Billings Clinic Cancer Center, Dr. Whittenberger and staff, and the members of St. Bernards and St. Cyril and Methodius for their prayers.
You are all in my thoughts.
Dear June and family,
My heartfelt condolences to all of you. I have many fond memories of the times our families spent together while all us kids were growing up! May you all find peace in your hearts knowing that Joe is now with our Lord. Sincerely, Tana (Sian) Kradolfer, Bozeman.
Dear June and family,
I am so sad to hear of Joe’s passing. Mom and I were just talking about all the fun times we had with your family when I was growing up. They are wonderful memories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary De’ Gearhart Hurr
June and family,
I was deeply saddened to learn of Joe’s death. I new from your brother Bob that he had been ill. I have many fond memories of the two of you as I was growing up in Pompeys. I also remember one of my trips back home was when you were celebrating a wedding anniversary. I always remember Joe with a smile on his face. I cannot picture him otherwise.
I understand the pain and the numbness you feel and there is nothing I or anyone else can say or do to make it less.
Mary Lee Strobbe