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'We should all be a little more like Evan:' Middleton teen remembered as kind, adventurous


MIDDLETON, Wis. — The first of three funerals this weekend drew over a hundred people to a church in Middleton. In some ways, it was the end to a tragic six days. In others, it was a source of inspiration moving forward.

Instead of the traditional black formal wear, many mourners wore flannel to Evan Kratochwill’s visitation service today. It was one of many tributes, orchestrated by friends and family.

“Evan always wore flannels to school,” said his friend Andy Voss. “He just really liked them so a lot of the guys got together and said ‘I’m gonna wear a flannel to honor him.'”

Voss is one of many friends who came to Blackhawk Church in Middleton today to pay respects to the 18-year-old, who died in a tragic car accident last Sunday, along with fellow Middleton student Jack Miller and Madison West senior Simon Bilessi.

For the Middleton community, there have certainly been tears this week, which is also the High School’s homecoming week. But Kratochwill’s funeral united friends and family, who cherish the memory of someone they say was a stand up guy.

“We should all be a little more like Evan,” said Julie Warstler, Kratochwill’s aunt and godmother.

Community members also remember his adventurous nature, and enthusiasm.

“He was always seeking an adventure,” said a friend. “Something to do.”

In the midst of the tragedy, the grief is persistent.

But so is the love, enveloping the community like a favorite flannel.