Charles Otis “Boots” Kraatz

December 29, 1932 - March 14, 2022

Charles Otis “Boots” Kraatz of Irving Texas, passed away March 14, 2022 marking the
end of a long, successful, and joy filled life.

Charles was born on December 29, 1932 to Ben and Bernice Kraatz of Rockdale Texas.
After graduating from high school in 1950, he went on to enlist in the United States
Army. During his enlistment Charles proudly achieved the rank of Sergeant and became a
decorated combat veteran while serving in Korea. In addition to his combat assignments
he was stationed in Germany, and State side locations.

Upon completion of his military service, Charles returned to Milam County where on
March 8, 1954 he married his high school sweetheart, Norma Jane Burgess of Milano
Texas. Shortly after their marriage, Charles and Norma moved to Dallas where they
began their family. There Charles began a long career with Braniff Airlines before
ultimately working and retiring from Kroger in 1994. Having strong family values,
Charles’ and Norma’s marriage produced four children, Mike, Gary, Sherry and
Kimberly. While he relished spending time with family, Charles enjoyed an extremely
active life. His interest and hobbies included growing vegetables in his garden, watching
sports (especially teams from Texas A&M), fishing, and hunting, time at the casinos, and
working jigsaw and crossword puzzles.

Charles was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years Norma Jane Burgess
Kraatz, his daughter Kimberly Renee Kraatz Rodgers, two brothers, nine  sisters,
and his parents. He is survived by two sons Mike Kraatz and wife Laura of Irving,
Texas, Gary Kraatz and wife Vivian of Euless, Texas, daughter Sherry Toups and
husband Tom of Little Elm, Texas, eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren,
three great-great grandchildren and one sister, Lucille McCrummen.

Funeral Services will be held at John P. Brooks and Family Aria
1820 N. Beltline Rd, Irving, Texas 75061

Visitation: Monday April 4, 2022., at 6:00 – 8 pm

Funeral Services Tuesday April 5, 2022., at 11:30

Burial: Tuesday April 5, 2022 Service will be held at DFW National Cemetery,
located at 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway Dallas, TX, at 2:15 pm

18 replies on “Charles Otis “Boots” Kraatz”

Debra Vega says:



Thank you Debbie

Fred Preston says:

He was a gentle, quiet man who i admired. He was a great dad, husband, and good friend. We will miss his undying A&M spirit.


Thank you Freddie

Troy Woodley says:

Uncle Boots, first just let me say you had the coolest nickname. I grew up loving your family and looked forward to family reunions. You were always so soft spoken and showed a gentle soul. I adored your sweet wife and your beautiful daughters. Your sons were older and we really did share many interests, but they were all great kids and you should go to your resting place knowing you were a good husband and father, brother, friend.
I can only imagine the reunion you are celebrating now with your loved ones that have gone before you. I look forward to that special time when my life is through here too. Thank you for being a small part of my life.

Anonymous says:

Thank you Troy, so sweet ❤️


Thank you Troy for those kind words.

Sandra Petty says:

So sorry for your loss Mike. Jim and I are thinking of you and your family.


Thank you Sandy

Clayton Bo Benoit says:

We’ll miss you Uncle Boots! So many great memories of you and Aunt Norma. I pray that you both rest peacefully in Heaven while watching down on us all. Sherry and family my condolences to everyone. Let’s rise to the occasion during this celebration of life.


Thank you Bo for your kind words.

Danny & Kathleen Facio says:

Our condolences and prayers go out to the Kraatz family.

Gary Kraatz says:

Thanks Danny & Karhleen

Louise Kimbrow. says:

So sorry to hear this.You and Vivian both losing your dad so close together.May God comfort you and family. Love to all. Louise (Pug) KimbrLouiseow, and family.

Vivian says:

Thank you Aunt Pug❤

Anonymous says:

Wasn’t around the family much but enjoyed being with u all

Jennifer Mueller says:

Our prayers and condolences to the Kraatz family. Boots and Norma will be greatly missed. They were the best neighbors to have. They lived straight across the street from us. We’re going to miss them greatly. So sad of hearing of their passing. May God continue to watch over family.

Sherry says:

Thank you so much for your kind words. My Mom spoke of you and felt the same about having good neighbors.

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