|Michael E. Cratty, 57, of Galesburg, died at 6:40 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2012 at home.
Mike was born February 16, 1955 in Galesburg, the son of John D. and Patricia J. (Morrison) Cratty. He married Karen Boynton on July 15, 1978 in Galesburg. Mike is survived by his wife, Karen; his mother, Pat Cratty of Galesburg; 2 sons, Sean (Emerald) of Lake in the Hills and Mark of Galesburg; a daughter Debbie of Galesburg; 3 brothers, John P. (Darla) and Dave (Bess) both of Galesburg and Stephen (Sharon) St. Charles, MO; and his pride and joy his granddaughter, Hailey Catherine Cratty.
Mike owned and operated Cratty Insurance along with his wife, Karen. He had been an auctioneer with Adkisson Auction Services for 30 years and recently began working with LeRoy Shoop. He also owned Cratty Auction Service. Mike could be seen auctioneering at many events for nonprofit organizations in the Galesburg area. On Saturday evening Mike was recognized by Costa for his 25 years of commitment to the Costa Auction. Mike was also a Realtor at Century 21 Tucker Swanson. Mike was a two time president of WCIAR (West Central Illinois Area of Realtors). He was a member of the Galesburg Noon Rotary Club and a 4th Degree Member of Father J.O. Hunt Knights of Columbus. He was a member, usher, and past parish council member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Mike was a die hard Cubs fan. He coached various sports with his kids including several years at Costa.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Rev. William Miller will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Watson Funeral Home, the visitation will follow from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Costa Catholic Academy, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, or Lombard Middle School PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support).