John Herbert Krakow, 83, of Fort Atkinson, passed away at Rainbow Hospice Care on Friday, April 17, 2020.
John was born on the family farm Jan. 29, 1937, in Watertown, to Herbert and Ilona (Preinfalk) Krakow.
He grew up assisting his parents on the farm, which fostered his love of animals and the outdoors. He often would speak of the farm and told many stories of carrying milk buckets, herding cows and working in the fields.
John graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1954. He continued to work on the farm and joined the Wisconsin National Guard in 1964.
John married Patricia A. Kulow on July 11, 1970, and together they welcomed four children: Michael, Charles, Melissa and Jeannie.
John continued farming, joined by his sons (and sometimes daughters) until they graduated from high school.
As the years passed, he was overjoyed to add four grandchildren to the family: Kaitlyn, Samantha, Natalie and Tyler. He forged close bonds with them all and often could be found reading to them, playing with them and playfully teasing them. He also was blessed by great-grandchildren: Aubree, Kennedy and Alaina. They, too, were very close to “Regular Grandpa” and always were very excited to visit.
John is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Michael Krakow (Jennifer) of Watertown, Charles Krakow of Whitewater, Melissa Kostroski (Zach) of Jefferson and Jeannie Krakow (Chris Anderson) of Peoria, Ill.; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Meyer (Ryan Christian), Samantha Krakow, Natalie Meyer and Tyler Krakow; great-grandchildren, Aubree, Kennedy and Alaina; siblings, Viona Steinsick (Edgar) of Houston, Texas, Wilma Christian of Watertown and Richard Krakow (Rosalie) of Watertown; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Helen Foulke; and siblings-in-law, Francis Foulke, Ralph Christian and Nellie Krakow.
As gatherings are currently restricted, a celebration of John’s life will be planned at a later date.
Donations can be made on his behalf to Rainbow Hospice Care, Johnson Creek, or one’s local food pantry.