No. 44 to be retired at Hornets game in Krachey’s memory

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Todd Krachey is pictured as a 1983 Wauzeka graduate and more recently as an assistant coach for the Wauzeka-Steuben baseball team. His number 44 will be retired April 27.

By Correne Martin

A prominent member of the Wauzeka community will have his athletic number retired, posthumously, at a Saturday, April 27, Wauzeka-Steuben Hornet baseball game against Boscobel. 

Todd Krachey wore the number 44 while playing sports in high school. He played baseball, football and basketball. The school’s baseball program has chosen to retire Krachey’s number. 

Though it’s rare for rural school districts to retire numbers, Wauzeka-Steuben has decided to honor Krachey in this way because there may be no other person so deserving, according to Ben Dums, high school baseball coach and math teacher.

“He was such a prominent member of our community,” Dums said. “He graduated here. His family is from here. He was coaching baseball with me when he passed away.”

Krachey died March 31, 2018. He was an active member of both the Wauzeka and Boscobel communities, according to his obituary. He was a member of the Wauzeka school board. He was a coach and leader of the Wauzeka Summer Rec program. He was often found in the gyms or on the baseball and football fields in Wauzeka officiating, running clocks or coaching. 

Krachey was also the fire chief for 18 years in Wauzeka. 

In Boscobel, he and his wife, Crystal, owned Krachey’s BP, where they gave many young people their first jobs. He was greatly supportive of the youth in the community there. He was also on the chamber of commerce, where he served as president. 

Furthermore, Todd loved watching all Wisconsin sports and he also enjoyed playing fastpitch softball for countless years with many different teams. He shared his love of sports with his sons, his family, friends and community members.

During the April 27 baseball game, all players on the Wauzeka-Steuben High School baseball team will wear T-shirts displaying the number 44. All the Boscobel players will don a green number 44 on the back of their cleats. 

After the contest, a small ceremony will be held where the retirement of Krachey’s number will become official. During this time, the school will also unveil a banner with the initials TK on it that will hang in the high school gym, along with a sign with his initials to hang at the football/baseball complex.

Dums said the general public is invited to observe this special ceremony at the game, and to come wearing Krachey’s number, green and gold or other expressions in his memory. 

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