Dr. Bernard L. Kratochvil

Dr. Bernard L. Kratochvil

July 20, 1932 – November 28, 2022

Dr. Bernard Lee Kratochvil was born in Norfolk, Nebraska, in 1932. He grew up in Omaha, graduated from St. Wenceslaus grade school in 1946, and Creighton Prep high school in 1950. After three years at Creighton University, he entered Creighton University School of Medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1957. He then went on to intern at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Omaha.

He studied Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota and, in 1962, returned to Omaha to solo practice. After one year, he joined Drs. Joseph Gross and Frank Iwersen, and a year later, Dr. Robert Klein entered the practice (GIKK).

Archbishop Bergan Mercy Hospital opened in 1964, and he was a charter member of the Medical Staff. He served on the Medical Executive, Surgery Advisory, and other committees, and as Chairman of the Surgical Service Committee and Chief of Surgery.

Dr. Kratochvil was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, was an Assistant Clinical Professor at Creighton University, and was an instructor at the University of Nebraska. In addition to clinical teaching, he was active locally, regionally, and nationally in his surgical field. In 1982, as a counselor for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, he helped found the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association (1,500 members, 20 states). He was President in 1999 and later served as historian.

Other memberships included the American College of Surgeons, Nebraska Orthopaedic Society (President, 1995), Alpha Omega Alpha, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Mid-Central States and the Clinical Orthopaedic Societies, the Nebraska Medical Association, and the American Medical Association. He is the past President of the Creighton Medical Alumni Advisory Board. In 2002, after 40-plus years of active practice, he limited himself to orthopedic evaluations only.

He served as the doctor for the Creighton University basketball team, the College World Series, the Omaha Royals, the University of Nebraska Omaha football team, and (including the part owner of) the Omaha Mustangs semi-professional football team.

He coached many of his children’s sports teams in baseball, softball, soccer, and basketball – including the 1977 Omaha YMCA 3rd/4th-grade basketball city championship team. He served on the Christ the King School Board and supported Christ the King school and church, Creighton Prep, Duchesne Academy, Mercy High School, and Creighton University, among other institutions. He was an avid sports fan, skied, and played tennis and golf. He was a member and President of the Omaha Business Men’s Association and the Green Fez.

He married his wife Kathy (Watsabaugh) Kratochvil in 1957 and had five children.

Preceded in death by parents, Dr. Charles and Rose; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Chuck (Mary) Kratochvil; son-in-law, Bret Rowe. Survived by wife, Kathy; children: Suzy Kratochvil (Ed Lindsay) (Omaha, NE), Margaret Rowe (Santa Monica, CA), Jack Kratochvil (Indio, CA), Jane Kratochvil (Brooklyn, NY), Jerry (Andrea) Kratochvil (Overland Park, KS); grandchildren: Josh and Alexa Kratochvil; Chase Rowe; Sam, Anna, Wesley, and Henry Kratochvil.

VISITATION: Sunday, December 18, 2022, 4:00-6:00 PM, followed by VIGIL SERVICE, all at West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, December 19, 2022, 10:30 AM, Christ the King Catholic Church. INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Creighton Prep, Creighton University Medical School or Christ the King Catholic Church.


  • Benjamin B. Sempek Posted December 2, 2022 1:12 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to everyone. Sending many prayers and may Dr. Bernie rest in peace. God bless his soul.

  • Mark Nipp Posted December 2, 2022 3:16 pm

    My deepest condolences.
    Mark Nipp

  • Vicki Sempek Posted December 2, 2022 5:04 pm

    So sorry to see you have lost your father. As you know we lost Ben’s dad early this year. It’s a sad time for all. Please give my regards to your mother and all of your family. You are in our prayers. God bless.

  • Patty Ewing-Grimes Posted December 2, 2022 5:33 pm

    Suzy, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Lee Terry Posted December 2, 2022 10:53 pm

    Dr. Kratochvil was a great person/Physician who really enjoyed people. He was so personal and a great physician.
    RIP Doc.

  • GARY AND KAY COOK Posted December 5, 2022 9:49 am

    So sorry to hear that Bernie had passed. You two made our Alaska Trip the most remembered time in our lives. We will never forget the picture taking, bus rides and meals on that trip. God Bless you and be with you in this time of sorrow. Ou sincere condolences.

  • Mike Dugan Posted December 5, 2022 12:00 pm

    My condolences to the Kratochvil’s. Dr. Kratochvil was such an awesome guy. He was a great Husband, Father, Coach and Friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

  • Megan Vacha Posted December 10, 2022 9:45 am

    Condolences to Suzy and the Kratochvil family for loss of your beloved father. May your memories and love keep him alive in your hearts forever.

  • Patrick Pinhero Posted December 16, 2022 1:31 pm

    Dear Jack & Family –

    I just happened to see your father’s obituary while perusing the Omaha World-Herald this afternoon. I realize that this note is tardy, but want you to know that I have very fond memories of your father and your family. I will toast his memory this evening and say a prayer on his behalf. I will also pray that your most cherished memories of your father transcend time.

    All the best,


  • LISA BRINK Posted December 19, 2022 1:55 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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