Duane Eldon Kratzer
Published in the Free Press
from 7/3/2008 - 7/6/2008.
KINSTON - Duane Eldon
Kratzer, Sr., 93, of Kinston, died on July 1, 2008. Mr. Kratzer was born
in Thayer, Nebraska in 1914 and was preceded in death by his parents,
Oren De Kratzer and Mildred Price Kratzer.
He attended Kansas State University on a baseball scholarship and then
began a career in professional baseball. In 1935 Mr. Kratzer won the Minor
League Rookie Batting Championship, batting 397. He then came to Kinston
with the then Kinston Eagles club, meeting his beloved wife Faye Tilghman,
with whom he was married for over 50 years, preceding him in death in
After serving his country in the Navy in Guam and Hawaii in World War
II, he returned to Kinston to work with Kinston Auto Parts for over 40
years. He was a charter member of Falling Creek Country Club, coached
Little League baseball, and loved following his adopted NC State Wolfpack.
He is survived by his two sons, Dr. Duane E. Kratzer, Jr. of Round Rock,
Texas and wife Maureen, and Dr. Carroll D. Kratzer, of Kinston and wife
Adrienne; four grandchildren, Lindsay Noles of Roper, N.C., Ryan Kratzer
of Kinston, Kathryn Kratzer of Greensboro, Cole Kratzer of Kin-ston; and
two great-grandchildren, Wes and Ellie Noles, of Roper, N.C.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2008, at
Howard-Carter Funeral Home. Grave-side services will be held at 11 a.m.
Monday, July 7, 2008, at Pinelawn Memorial Park with the Reverend Allen
Bingham officiating of Queen Street United Methodist Church where he and
his wife were longtime members.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Queen Street UMC, 500
Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501, Building Fund in honor of Duane and Faye
Kratzer. Funeral arrangements by Howard-Carter Funeral Home. Sign the
guest book at www.kinston.com.