Fred Edward Katz, 72, of Tekonsha, Michigan, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 14, 2022 at home. surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on April 12, 1949 to Joseph and Daisy (Tyler) Katz in Coldwater, Michigan. Fred was a graduate of Tekonsha High School. On March 9, 1973 Fred married Dixie VanWinkle in Tekonsha, Michigan. He was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army on April 1, 1975, attaining the rank of SP4.
Fred worked as a Forklift Driver at Kellogg Cereal Company in the warehouse for 39 years, retiring in 2008. Fred was a member and deacon at Crossroads Bible Church in Sherwood, Michigan and the Kellogg 25 Year Club. One of Fred's greatest passions was being a lifelong farmer. His gardens and fruit trees were some of the most bountiful in the area. He was an excellent woodworker and carpenter. For example, he made each of his children a gift out of wood for their high school graduations. Fred would not pass up an opportunity to pull a good-natured prank on family and friends. He will be fondly remembered for his meticulous manner and always being a positive influence with people he encountered.
Fred is survived by his loving spouse; Dixie his children; Tricia (Dave) Dietz of Middleville, Michigan, Greg (Amy) Katz of Union City, Michigan, Stacey Boyd of Coldwater, Michigan and Joe (Carrie) Katz of Coldwater Michigan, his grandchildren; Trevor Stout, Tyler Stout, Mitchell Dietz, Hannah Reichhart, Christian Reichhart, Temperance Boyd, Jereme Boyd Jr., Lyndsey Katz, Brady Katz, Sidney Katz; Heidi Katz and Ilsa Katz; and his brother, Dave Katz of Tekonsha, Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Chris Katz and Grove Katz.
Visitation for Fred will take place on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Kempf Family Funeral & Cremation Services, 723 US Hwy 27 N. Marshall, Michigan, 49068. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 12:30 pm at the Kempf Family Funeral & Cremation Services with Pastor Trent Hammond officiating.
Burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice 8075 Creekside Drive # 120, Portage, Michigan 49024 or Crossroads Bible Church "Benevolent Fund" 1144 Dunks Road Sherwood, Michigan 49089.
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