Kenneth J. Kretschmer, 83, of Bay Village, formerly of Hauppauge, Long Island, New York, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at Fairview Hospital, Cleveland. Mr. Kretschmer was born February 18, 1930 in Queens, New York and had lived in Bay Village since 1978.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, enlisting at the age of 17. He had a love of aeronautics and after the Air Force, made that his career. He worked for various companies including Republic Aviation, Ozone Aircraft Systems and Consolidated Airborne Systems and then working for Parker Hannifin, Elyria, from 1978 until his retirement as director of marketing in 2006.
Mr. Kretschmer was a devoted Catholic that loved his faith and was a member of St. Raphael Church, Bay Village. In addition, he was also an active member of his community, belonging to the Bay Men’s Club, the Knights of Columbus and was a past president of the Bay Village Kiwanis Club. He was an election poll worker and staunch member of the Republican Party. He was also an Instrument rated pilot.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann H. (nee Byrne); children, Jo-Ann M. Gerde of North Royalton; Donna Orofino of Woodstock, New York; Kenneth J. Jr., of Spring Hill, Florida; Kathy Ellen Veltri (Joseph) of Bay Village and Christopher J. (Emma) of Brunswick. Other survivors include grandchildren, Ann, Christa, Lauren, Sara, Joey, Kenny, Kevin, Jacqueline, Gracie and Emily; and a great grandson, Carter.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Loretta (nee Krieg) Kretschmer.
Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 32000 Detroit Rd., Avon, Monday, March 4, 2013, from 7 until 9 P.M. The Mass of Christian Burial will be St. Raphael Church, 525 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village, at 1 P.M., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Father Timothy Gareau, of the Church, will be the Celebrant. interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Avon. Memorial contributions may be forwarded to the Cleveland Sight Center, 1909 E 101st St., Cleveland, OH 44106.