Fred Katje

Fred Katje

Fred H. Katje of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at his home. Mr. Katje was born September 12, 1931 in Martin to Garry and Bessie (VanderPloeg) Katje and was a lifelong resident of the area. For 38 years he was employed with Menasha Corp. in Otsego, retiring in 1994. For over 50 years he had been a member of Calvary Community Church. In his leisure time Fred enjoyed gardening, snowmobiling, camping and being with his family.

On May 8, 1965 in Otsego he married Marilyn Rantz who survives. Also surviving are his children, Dawn Katje, Kim Kanet, Jeff (Sue) Martin and Kate Katje; grandchildren, Brooke (Matt) Bakhuyzen, Colleen (Jason) Broadhurst, Chad (Sami) Martin and A.J. (Laura) Foote; great-grandchildren, Samuel, Joshua, Benjamin, Faith, Esther, Sarah, Xander, Zacory and Shailyn; brothers, Jim, John and Bob, sisters, Ann, Emily, Dorothy, Joyce and Joan and their spouses; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; a sister, Betty; and a great-grandson, Levi.

Friends may visit with Fred’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday June 24, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Martin Reformed Church, Pastor Joshua Amaezechi officiating. Burial will follow at East Martin Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Fred may be made to Calvary Community Church or Wings of Hope Hospice.

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  1. Kelly Longest says:

    Huge loss of a sweet man, who is no longer suffering & resting peacefully in his eternal home! Prayers & HUGS to Marilyn, Kim, Colleen, Brooke & families

  2. MAC says:

    “God is our refuge and strength; a help that is readily found in times of distress.” (Psalms 46:1) My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. And may the Almighty God continue with you to comfort and sustain you through this difficult time.

  3. Nancy Volker-Oberlin says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God lift you up in his loving arms and guide you through this difficult time.

  4. James Householder says:

    So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to the family. Fred was truly a great man and he will be missed.

  5. Sherry Schumaker says:

    So very sorry to Kim and the rest of the family in the devastating loss that you have suffered. May you have some comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering or in pain. Hugs and prayers to you

  6. Jeff Volker says:

    Dear Kim and family,
    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Fred. I have fond memories of our years together at the mill. A lot of good stories and laughs. He was a very fine man. Prayers of peace to you and your entire family.

  7. Kathi Fuss says:

    Thinking of you at this hard time, Kim!!

  8. The Bill Peck fam. says:

    My prayers are with all the family. We have such good memories, Rest in peace Fred, Love from all of us.

  9. Amy Drainer says:

    Sorry for ur loss. Prayers for the family

  10. Steve/Karen Marks says:

    Our condolences to the whole Katje family, glad that Fred is at peace with God in heaven. Bless you

  11. Honey Handy says:

    Dear Marilyn and Family – my heart goes out to each of you – Fred was a wonderful man – full of fun and surprises – I miss seeing all of you at the Oak Shores Campground – I especially miss my fun and laughter times with Marilyn – Just pretend I am giving each of you a big hug – God will see you through this tough time in your life. Love, Honey

  12. Peggy Lomonaco says:

    Sorry to hear about you Dad Kim! I KNOW that pain all too well. Prayers for you & your family, & hope that you can find comfort in the good Lord to carry you through.

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