Edmund 'Zeke'  Bratkowski
Mr. Edmund "Zeke" Raymond Bratkowski, age 88, passed away Monday, November 11, 2019. He was born October 20, 1931, in Westville, Ill., to Kasmer and Elizabeth Kraninock Bratkowski.
Mr. Bratkowski was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-great grandfather.
He was a veteran in the United State Air Force having served his country as an aircraft pilot.
He played college football for the University of Georgia, having been inducted into the University Hall of Fame. He also played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers as a quarterback. Having played in the National Football League for 14 years, he was a two-time Super Bowl champion; a three-time NFC champion; University of Georgia Circle of Honor; Florida Georgia Hall of Fame; Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame; and the National Polish-America Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Bratkowski was preceded in death by his father and mother and one son, Stephen Bratkowski.
Mr. Bratkowski is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Bratkowski of Santa Rosa Beach Fla.; a son, Bob Bratkowski and wife, Rebecca, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Kathryn Bratkowski of Wisconsin; a sister, Patricia Stitt of Danville, Ill.; grandchildren, Shane Bratkowski, Nicolas Bratkowski and Courtney Cowan and husband, Chip; and six great-grandchildren, Leo, Violet, Parker, Charleigh, Quinn and Paige.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, November 18, at Saint Rita's Catholic Church, 137 Moll Dr., Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, with Father Michael Hartley officiating. Burial to follow at Gulf Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Air Force.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Emerald Coast Children Advocacy Center, 401 McEwen Drive, Niceville, Florida 32578.
You may view obituaries, offer condolences and sign the guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Homes & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.
Published on November 13, 2019


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Lee and Tee Chimerakis
Nov 19, 2019
Forever a member of "Heavens Hall of Fame"
May Zeke's memory be eternal.
Mark Schneider
Nov 18, 2019
So Sad to hear of Zeke's passing and my family's prayers go out to the Bratkowski family. Zeke was a visitor in La Crosse and fan favorite. Few had the experiences and shared them with our crowd. Played in 3 decades and coached in many more. Fascinating person and he will be missed.
Julie Porterfield
Nov 16, 2019
Zeke will always have a special place in my heart and the heart of the Children’s Advocacy Center. Because of his amazing kindness thousands of dollars were raised - he helped restore thousands of childhoods lost to abuse.
I have no doubt he is now one of our guardian angels.
Nov 15, 2019
Ocean Breeze Spray was purchased for the family of Edmund 'Zeke' Bratkowski.  Send flowers
G. Snoke
Nov 14, 2019
I remember zeke coming to my school ,for couple years just to talk to us about getting education and go for what we want. Really got my attention, he was like a hero to many of us.