Bradd Emanuel Kohnke, age 63 of Montello passed away peacefully Monday, December 7, 2020 at his home surrounded by family, after his courageous battle with Cancer. Bradd was born in Ripon on April 12, 1957 to Ross and Phyllis (Rozek) Kohnke. He attended Montello Schools and married Katherine Sayas at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Montello on June 21, 1980. Together they enjoyed many of life’s adventures including traveling and camping. They also raised their two children: Kristen and Michael. Bradd worked for 25 years at Bill’s Garage before moving on to Walker Metal Building Erectors. He then would end his working career at Covia in Portage.
Bradd was an avid hunter and fisherman. He always enjoyed riding his Harley and took great joy in raising pumpkins for his family to sell. Spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren was very important to him. Bradd will be remembered for his love of the outdoors and for his willingness and ability to fix pretty much anything for anyone.
Bradd leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Kathy and two children: Kristen (Andy) Krafft and Michael (Andrea) both of Montello as well as three very special grandchildren: Kaleb, Reese and Jayce. He is also survived by his mother, Phyllis Kohnke, sister, Susan Kohnke, brother, Scott (Tammy). Bradd is further survived by his in-laws, many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Bradd is preceded in death by his father, Ross, brother, Dean, good friend, Dennis Schwanke, grandparents, aunts, uncle, great-niece and great-nephews.
A visitation for Bradd Kohnke with proper social distancing (masks are required) will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Crawford Funeral Home in Montello. There will be no public service. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the family for a memorial that will be established in Bradd’s name.
Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Montello and Oxford is honored to be serving the family. www.CrawfordFH.com
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