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Yale Track Team “So sorry for your loss. There are so many memories from school and growing up. I can remember his smile, his laughter and his friendship. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Leonard Goulding - Port Huron, MI

“to the family very sorri for you loss, my dad and him use to go flying a lot and were great friends,when you get up ther say hi to smiling jack for...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: thomas tackaberry - avoca, MI

“I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing John. I will never forget meeting him the first time in 2012 when my dad passed. It just seemed we bonded...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Ed LeTarte - Port Huron, MI

“I remember first meeting Dick in 1961 when my grandmother died, he was such a nice, personal man,then again in 1984 when my Mom died he was just the...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Jerry Bechtel - Mt.Clemens, MI


RICHARD "DICK" LEE KAATZ of Elk Township, MI died May 5, 2020 at the age of 82. Owner of Kaatz Funeral Directors, he graduated from Wayne State University with a Mortuary Science Degree in 1960. He purchased the former Peters Funeral Home in Yale, MI in 1960, where he began working in 1953. He purchased the former Gillian Funeral Home in the early 1970s, the Barnard Funeral Home in Capac, MI in 1986, and the Rister Funeral Home in Avoca, MI in 1991. In 2001, he built a new funeral home in Richmond, MI. In 2017, he purchased the former William R. Hamilton Co. Funeral Home in Mount Clemens, MI, which opened in 2019. A longtime member of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, this year marked his 60th as a licensed funeral director. He was also a member of the Thumb Funeral Directors Association and Charter Member of Michigan Embalmers Society.