Richard Joseph Katte, affectionately known by all as “Katte,” passed away at 6:12 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at Miller’s Merry Manor of Warsaw at the age of 89. Katte was a longtime resident of Winona Lake, having resided in Kosciusko County for the past 70 years.
He was born on Dec. 13, 1933, in Richmond, to Helen Mae (Jennings) Katte and William Edward Katte. Katte married Mary Ellen Katona; though it ended in divorce, they always shared the love of their daughter they were blessed with.
Katte worked in real estate investment. He loved being active outdoors whenever possible. Katte was a great outdoorsman. He enjoyed running, biking, rock climbing and water rafting. He was a loving father, grandfather and brother who will be dearly missed.
He leaves behind his daughter, Heather Batalis, Warsaw; and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Brooke Batalis, Warsaw. He was preceded in death by his wife and three sisters, Dorothy, Jane and Carol.
He will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, with a private graveside service. Arrangements are entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw.
Memorial donations may be directed to Kosciusko County Velo Cycling, to go toward the Fat & Skinny Tire Fest, P.O. Box 325, Winona Lake, IN 46590.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.